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Possible escape attempt by detained former army chief would increase likelihood of fighting in South Sudan’s capital

07 November 2017


South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on 30 October directed security services to disarm and arrest the security guards assigned to the detained former chief of army staff, General Paul Malong Awan.

Malong was stopped from making contact with the outside world and his family was barred from visiting him. Local reports suggest that the presidential directive was in response to secret meetings Malong had held with senior military officers loyal to him, in which he discussed a possible escape from his detention in Juba, the capital. Malong has been under house arrest since he was replaced as army chief in May, following a dispute with President Kiir on the prosecution of the ongoing civil war against Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar.

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