South Su­dan ac­tivist par­doned, not yet freed

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front -

JUBA, South Su­dan — A lawyer says a prom­i­nent South Su­dan ac­tivist and econ­o­mist has not been freed from prison de­spite be­ing par­doned in a pres­i­den­tial de­cree.

Ajak Mayol Bior said Fri­day that the de­cree is­sued Thurs­day evening must be im­ple­mented so Peter Biar Ajak can walk free.

Hu­man rights groups and others had protested Ajak’s ar­rest in 2018 with­out gov­ern­ment ex­pla­na­tion. He was sen­tenced to two years in prison last year after be­ing ac­cused of in­cit­ing an up­ris­ing be­hind bars.

South Su­dan’s justice and in­te­rior min­istries were pro­cess­ing the pres­i­den­tial order par­don­ing some 30 in­mates on Fri­day.

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