Machar ‘ignored’ by Kenyan authorities over spokesman’s deportation
A statement from South Sudan’s former Vice-President Riek Machar, reacting to his spokesman’s arrest and deportation from Kenya, has given details of the extent he went to try to get him released.
He has condemned the arrest and deportation of James Gatdet Dak saying that the action violated the Geneva convention.
He added that Mr Gatdet was arrested by Kenyan authorities on Wednesday at his residence and deported to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, where he was taken into custody by the National Security Service.
He said that he contacted Kenyan leaders to get Mr Gatdet released:
In a telephone conversation with the Deputy President William Ruto, I appealed that James Gatdet Dak should not be deported to Juba due to profound fear for his life. I also spoke to the Attorney General and attempted to speak with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
I alerted them that James Gatdet Dak was an urban refugee under the protection of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Kenya. Unfortunately, my appeal was ignored.”