Freedom at last: Court release Prophet Abraham Chol’s co-accused
Four people accused alongside self-proclaimed prophet, Abraham Chol, have been released by a special court. The four – Daniel Malith, Samuel Mayen, James Garang and David Chan were on Thursday set free by a special high court sitting in Juba. Judge Someya Saleh said there was not enough evidence to link the four with any crime. The defence lawyer Deng John Deng hailed the verdict for freeing up his clients, emphasising that the quartet had reunited with their loved ones. However, Chol’s case is still up in the air as he faces two charges. “The judge found that there was a lack of evidence against the other four accused persons starting [and they were released] under Section 226 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 2008,” said Deng. In addition, the defence lawyer said the accused Chol was charged only with two charges under Articles 202 and 76 of the Penal Code of 2008, and the rest of the charges against him were dismissed. “Article 202 talks about the abuse of religion, while Article 76 talks about insulting the President of the Republic, which the court will decide in the next session on the 13th, in which we will bring defence witnesses to refute these charges,” Deng added.