JUBA – A court in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Thursday officially charged controversial Facebooker ‘Mama Amira Ali under section 289 of South Sudan penal code for defaming or insulting senior opposition SPLM-IO official Nyenagwek Kuol Maren who sometimes back served as minister of information for Warrap state.
In June, Mama Amira appeared in court weeks after she was released on bail following complaints by her lawyers that she was feeling sick and unable to stand the process in court
Nyanaguek has accused Amira Ali of publicly insulting her family on social media.
This resulted in Amira being arrested by police before her release shortly.
Speaking to reporters following the court hearing on Thursday afternoon, Nyenagwek’s lawyer, Monyluak Aguer said the court will have a normal procedure for announcing a final verdict under section 289 of the penal code.
“The Court today has directed the accusations against the accused Amira Ali Thomas under section 289, for us as the accused; we see it as a normal procedure for the court to come with the results of accusations under section 289,” Monyluak told reporters in Juba on Thursday.
Monyluak disclosed that the court will look into the position of the accused and defence first before the final verdict.
“After that, the court will look into the position of the accused and defend, the court will listen to both sides, and it is a great move for us as accused because the court has directed the accusations,” he said.
“She is bailout but now what follow are the court proceedings, after that the court will come up with its decision, these accusations can lead to two years imprisonment or even a fine,” he added.