Aguer’s legal team want court to quash treason charges

Aguer’s legal team want court to quash treason charges
Former Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State Governor Kuel Aguer Kuel (photo credit: courtesy)

The defence team of the former Northern Bahr el Ghazal Governor, Kuel Aguer is pushing for the acquittal of the ex-state boss who is facing treason charges.

Aguer’s lawyers argued that there are insufficient pieces of evidence linking the former government official and other co-accused to the allegations of conspiracy to overthrow a constitutionally recognized government.

They argued that detaining the accused for more than three months without a ruling or approval from the President of the Court of Appeal amounted to illegal imprisonment.

They called for Aguer’s declaration of innocence and his immediate release from custody.  

The defence stated that its request is based on the applicant’s plea of not guilty to the indictment. The prosecution had produced four witnesses.  The team filed a no case to answer, and the trial court is also required to determine whether or not the evidence has established a prima facie case against the accused.  

According to the defence team, the applicant was exercising his constitutional rights to freedom of expression and speech.

“No evidence has been adduced to this effect to suggest that the applicant (accused) exceeded his rights that would warrant suppression or criminalization,” the defence team argued.

Aguer is accused of “unlawfully attempting to overthrow a constitutional government by unconstitutional means and undermining the authority of the president, insulting him, and causing dissension within law enforcement agencies, among other things” on July 30, 2021.

The court will hear and determine the case on Wednesday next week.