24 SSPDF soldiers accused of rape, looting to spend 14 years in prison

24 SSPDF soldiers accused of rape and looting
The 24 soldiers who were sentenced in Yei on Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Credit | Michael Daniel/Eye Radio

Oct 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–At least 24 soldiers of the Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) have been convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison for committing sexual abuse, looting and armed robbery in Central Equatoria State.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, the SSPDF spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Kong confirmed that the convicted soldiers were accused of illegally selling their own firearms to local people, which contravenes the SSPDF code of conduct.

“They were convicted for various crimes ranging from rape to looting and sale of personnel guns,” SSPDF spokesperson Maj.-Gen. Lul Ruai told the media.

“The importance of the occasion was held is an indication that we at the SSPDF don’t condone the commission of crimes against civilians and the government,” Maj.-Gen. Ruai added.

Among those accused individuals include, Sergeant Andria Aguer, Captain Joseph Luiz, Santino Garang Majok, James Mayuen, and Corporal Daniel Anyaya, among others.