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Kiir appoints UN-sanctioned General

General Malek Reuben: photo/Africa Metro

President Salva Kiir has appointed UN-sanctioned SPLA General, Malek Reuben as new deputy defense minister.

General Malek was appointed deputy minister of defense in a presidential decree announced on the state-run SSBC.

The SPLA General who is under UN sanction for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the former Unity State in 2015.

The SPLA spokesperson has repeatedly denied the accusations.

According to the report by the Panel of Experts on South Sudan in January 2016, General Malek was accused of being behind the offensive against the SPLM-IO, beginning in January 2015.

General Malek was the SPLA Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics at the time.

The Panel of Experts reported evidence, including testimony from military sources, that ammunition was supplied to youth groups by SPLA headquarters specifically for the offensive.

The attacks reportedly resulted in systematic destruction of villages and infrastructure, the forced displacement of the local population and killing of innocent civilians.

Human Rights groups earlier called similar promotions “a slap in the face of justice”.