South Sudan military court jails 24 soldiers for rape, killings

Personnel of the South Sudan People's Defence Forces (SSPDF) take part in a drill at their barracks in Rejaf, about 15km south of Juba, South Sudan, on April 26, 2019.

Photo credit: Alex McBride | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The judge says the members of the South Sudan People Defence Forces (SSPDF)  were arrested and convicted of committing crimes including rape, looting, killing and selling personal weapons.
  • Among the convicts was Thuch Majok, a caporal who was stripped to the rank of private, dismissed from the SSPDF, fined 500,000 pounds and sentenced to 14 years in prison for rape.

A court martial in South Sudan’s town of Yei, Central Equatoria State, has sentenced 24 soldiers to several terms in prison for crimes against humanity and other offences.

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