JUBA – Pagol Community of Warrap State in South Sudan has condemned the recent execution of three civilians accused of killing one passenger.
On 11 April, three civilians were killed by firing squad in front of hundreds of residents in Warrap State – upon orders of governor Aley Ayieu Aleu – for shooting at a public vehicle coming from Wau which resulted in the killing of one passenger.
The Community condemned the use of firing squads carried by Governor of Warrap State, Aleu Ayieu Aleu as death penalty in the state.
The three civilians killed by firing squad were Achuil Kuol Bol (25), Madut Akol Agook (15) (suspected killer), Majok Deng Mabior (14) and Deng Bol Kuot (30).
“This action shocked the whole community of Pagol and even the parents of the child that was shot in the car complained to the governor against the action of the killing,” said the group in a petition letter addressed to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir seen by Sudans Post.
The group described the brutal killing of their son as unacceptable, saying that it will fuel the already worsening insecurity in the state.
“Every murderer has to be a confirmed criminal after investigation and the laws get executed based on the outcome of the investigation. The way the governor butchered our members for an individual mistake is unacceptable and can fuel more unnecessary deaths,” the group said.
The group called on the governor to respect the rules of law.
“Mr. President, we are not against any means that can bring peace in our state. Our only concern is the application of laws which was not in line with the constitution and its application,” the group told President Kiir in a petition letter.
The community appealed to the President Kiir to form a committee to investigate what they described as an unlawful act.
“The killing of five people on 11-4-2021 was unlawful anywhere and needs serious investigation. Mr. President, we are questioning ourselves what motive is behind this kind of behavior? It is paining us and we are asking your administration, Human Rights Watch, Ministry of Justice to look into this seriously because it is a crime committed by a senior government official which is against humanity,” they said.