SOUTH SUDAN ARRESTS 17, INCLUDING SOLDIERS, FOR RAPE OF AID WORKERS

JUBA,-- The authorities in South Sudan have confirmed the arrest of 17 people, including soldiers, over the rape of aid workers during clashes between rival forces in July.

Deputy Justice Minister Martinson Oturomoi, who headed a committee to investigate the incident, said here Wednesday that both the victims and eye-witnesses interviewed by the committee identified the gang members who raped aid workers while ransacking a compound manned by a relief agency in the capital, Juba, on July 11.

"We managed to arrest 17 suspects whose involvement in the rape of aid workers and theft of commodities meant for displaced persons is beyond doubt," Oturomoi told journalists.

His committee recommended a special court be formed urgently to try the suspects.

President Salva Kiir ordered the formation of the six-member committee in August following an outcry from the international community.

Renewed fighting between government troops led by President Kiir and forces loyal to sacked first vice-president Riek Machar, Kiir's long-time rival, broke out in early July, raising fears the country could slide back into civil war.

Source: Nam News Network

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