Juba, 12 Feb 2018: Sources familiar with the case and trial of James Gatdet Dak, former spokesman of Riek Machar say he has been sentenced to death by hanging for treason. James Gatdet according to the source has 15 days to appeal and it is expected the appeal will not bear any trustworthy process and outcome since James Gatdet has no legal representation and given the judges and prosecutors in the trial of former Machar's spokesman are all pro regime. It is unlikely Gatdet will get fair hearing even if he appeals.
James Gatdet was extradited from Kenya by Kenyan security with the order of government of South Sudan, since his illegal deportation he has been held in Blue House by National Security Service since 2016.
The same sources at the secretive trial of Gatdet said even if he Gatdet win the appeal within 15 days, he still has more cases to answer, he added according to the prosecution Gatdet is still facing 20 pending more allegations by Juba against him, he added that secretly as plan B, the judges have sentenced him already for 20 years behind the bar. Though he has 15 days to appeal the verdict at the High Court.
Meanwhile Machar's appointed governor for Imatong state, Nathaniel Oyet said, "We know James Gatdet is alive, he has been tortured beyond measure, and maimed; if anything happened to Gatdet (executed) there are those who shall be held personally responsible" he warned.
He further said, "The arm of justice is always long but it will surely come to past" he further asked the supporters so share the information to spare the life of former colleague." Share this to save Gatdet from the genocidal dictatorial regime. He is on a death chamber"
Governor Nathaniel Pierino added, " Kiir, Taban and cohorts are not for peace, unity and reconciliation of South Sudan. By virtue of CoH agreement the regime should release all prisoners of war and abductees"
Some images share with the governor Nathaniel in social media showed James Gatdet appeared in a box during his trial, he looks worried, weak and shaky. Many sources pointed out to SSLN this afternoon that indeed James Gatdet Dak has been subjected to harsh, and degrading treatment, and he is going through psychological traumas.
However, observer who is well connected to the trial said the government will not execute Gatdat, this trial is only meant to send out intimidating messages to the supporters of the rebels and to cause fears and panics.