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Presidency scraps NSS power to arrest without a warrant

Author: Emmanuel J.Akile | Published: February 22, 2023

President Salva Kiir [right], and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar - File Photo COURTESY

President Salva Kiir and his first deputy, Dr. Riek Machar have resolved to scrap the law that allows the National Security Services to arrest people without an arrest warrant.

That’s according to Cabinet Affairs Minister, Dr. Martin Elia Lumoro.

“I want to point out that the National Security Law where there was apparently disagreement on sections 54 and 55 pertaining to arrest with or without a warrant has now been agreed by President and the First Vice Presiden,t and those will be scrapped.

The national security service act, 2014 as amended in September 2019 gave the national security service the power to arrest anyone without a warrant.

Rights groups had described the law as a means to silence critics as the NSS has been accused of widespread human rights abuses.

The move comes as the unity government officially commences the two-year peace roadmap Wednesday.

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