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Lawyers Appeal Detainees’ Convictions in South Sudan

Expand Defendants charged with treason among other offences sit in a courtroom during the second hearing of their trial in the capital Juba, South Sudan, March 25, 2019.  © 2019 Sam Mednick This week, defense lawyers for activist Peter Biar Ajak and others filed appeals against convictions handed down by a South Sudan high court for offenses related to an October 7 uprising in a detention facility. The trial was plagued by due process and fair trial violations, and the fact of the men’s arbitrary incarceration and abusive treatment was wholly ignored. Ajak was sentenced along with Kerbino…

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