Kuel Aguer acquitted after 17 months behind bars

Kuel Aguer acquitted after 17 months behind bars
Former Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State Governor Kuel Aguer Kuel (photo credit: courtesy)

Former Northern Bahr el Ghazal Governor Kuel Aguer has been acquitted of treason charges.

Aguer was arrested and charged in 2021. He was caused of attempting to overthrow the government.

Kuel Aguer hugging being embraced by friends and relatives moments after he was acquitted.

The governor who was linked with the People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) has been in custody for 17 months.

He was linked to the outlawed group after he allegedly signed a declaration that was calling for regime change.

The South Sudanese politician signed the PCCA declaration as a representative of the South Sudan intellectuals’ group. The other signatories were civil society activist Rajab Mohandis and Abraham Awolich, a renowned researcher, both of who fled the country.

He was accused alongside six others – Abraham Awenleith, Rajab Muhandis, Wani Michael, James David Kulok, Manas Mathiang, and Daniel Makau.

Kuel Aguer and his lawyer after his acquittal.

Outside the courtroom, the ex-governor was embraced by his friends and relatives who thronged the premises as they followed the proceedings of the landmark ruling delivered by Judge Someya Saleh, President of the Special High Court.

He was presented by lawyer Kiir Chol Deng.