JUBA – A court in South Sudan’s capital Juba has sentenced controversial socialite Mama Amira Ali to at least six months’ probation with a fine of 35 million South Sudanese pounds as compensation.
She was jailed for insulting and disparaging the name of former Warrap state Minister of Information, Nyenagwek Kuol, who is currently the SPLM-IO nominee for deputy minister of interior.
According to the court, Amira is not going to serve her jail terms immediately due to her deteriorating health condition.
“The accused Amira Ali Thomas is here sentenced to 6 months in jail for defamation under Article 289 of the Penal Code of South Sudan 2008 and with a fine of 100,000 SSP and pay 35 million SSP as compensation,” the presiding judge read out the verdict on Monday.
Dr. Ajak Makoor, the husband of Nyenagwek Kuol described the court verdict as “justifiable and relieving.”
“The verdict of the court was so justifiable and relieving because the words that were said against my family were so insulting and hurting,” Dr. Makoor told reporters after the court verdict.
“She is going to be in prison that is why I am not happy, she was given six months without being effective and the fine is 100,000 SSP for the court and 35 million SSP as compensation for the family,” he added.
He said the judgment of the court will serve as a lesson for the rest that defaming people is not a business.
“For those who want to defame other people, this will be a lesson that is like other countries, defamation is a crime punishable by law,” he said.
Achuil Kuol, Mama Amira’s defense lawyer described the judgment as fair for both sides
“She is in a bad health condition, she has been sentenced to six months, and on the implementation of the verdict, she will not serve jail term now as she is under treatment,” Kuol said.