Aguer Kuel’s fate unknown as trial hangs on balance

Aguer Kuel’s fate unknown as trial hangs on balance
Former Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State Governor Kuel Aguer Kuel (photo credit: courtesy)

The police have revealed they are yet to receive information regarding the scheduled trial of former Northern Bahr El-Ghazal Governor Kuel Aguer Kuel.

Mr. Aguer was arrested in early August by the state security apparatus for being one of the signatories to the People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA).

The group had called for a mass protest to oust President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and declared obsolete the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

On August 29,  the police said Mr. Kuel was being investigated and was supposed to be presented in court on August 30 but since then he has not been tried.

“No, we have not arrested anybody except Kuel Aguer Kuel. [He is under our custody].

“We have opened up a case against him and [will be taken to court maybe tomorrow [to be charged with [being one of the] signatories to the coalition’s press release,” the police spokesperson Maj. Gen. Justin Daniel told City Review in an earlier interview.

Scanty details

After almost three weeks, yesterday The City Review contacted the deputy Police Spokesperson Brig. James Dak about Kuel’s trial but he said they were not aware of the fate of the former governor. 

“The issue of the former governor of Aweil, I don’t have the full information,” said Brig. Dak.

However, on Monday the daughter of the suspect, Adhel Kuel Aguer said she was worried about her father’s underlying illness as she called on the government to expedite his trial and subsequent release.

“I am calling upon the government to speed up the investigations so that my father will be freed because he is a sick person. He has diabetes and blood pressure.

“If they have carried out investigations, they should not put him under house arrest because the detention wards are not suitable for him because he is an elderly person,” said Adhel, as quoted by Radio Tamazuj.

Aguer,’s colleagues, including civil society activist Rajab Muhandis, a signatory to the peace agreement, and researcher Abraham Awolich have reportedly fled the country in fear for their lives.

Muhandis withdrew his signatory from the peace agreement on Monday. In a statement to RJMEC, he said, “The R-ARCSS continues to fail to deliver on all its core mandates including security, economy, humanitarian situation, institutional reforms, and transitional justice.”