Juba 2 January 2020: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Thursday evening issued Presidential decree, pardoning two country's high-profile activists Peter Biar Ajak, and Kerbino Wol Agok and 28 other prisoners as part of the Presidential pardon for the new year.
The pardon of the 30 prisoners by the President comes barely a week after the President had toured several prison facilities in the country's capital Juba.
Last week, during his, toured to several inmates' facilities in the capital Juba, Mr. Kiir promised to release what he called, " prisoners of conduct,"
It is not clear whether those who were pardoned by the President have already left the prison facilities as there is no video footage showing those who were pardoned have been released from prison.
A court in Juba on 11 June 2019, sentenced Peter Biar Ajak two year in prison, while it passed a 10-year verdict on Kerbino Wol.
Prior to their sentence, both Peter Biar Ajak and Karbino Wol were detained in the Headquarters of National Security Service [NSS] Peter Biar was arrested by the NSS in July 2018 while Karbino Wol was arrested in April 2018.
Peter Biar was accused of inciting violence and disturbing the peace by the interviews he gave to the media during a stand-off between inmates and guards at the National Security Service headquarters [ Blue House] on 7 October 2018, meanwhile, Wol was accused of masterminding subversive activities against the government.