Judge convicts 10 troops
JUBA (AP): A military judge in South Sudan on Thursday sentenced 10 soldiers to jail for a 2016 rampage in which a local journalist was killed and five international aid workers were gang-raped. The case was widely seen as a test of South Sudan’s ability to hold its soldiers to account during the five-year civil war here, and diplomats and activists welcomed the outcome.
However, they said many other victims of violations have yet to see justice and urged the government to hold more trials. Brig. Gen. Knight Briano convicted and sentenced two soldiers to life in prison for the murder of South Sudanese journalist John Gatluak Nhial. The judge found three other soldiers guilty of raping foreign aid workers, four guilty of sexual harassment and one guilty of theft and armed robbery.