19 November 2012

South Sudan: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing - South Sudan


On — Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: Can I ask a South Sudan question? There's an American, Elton Mark McCabe, who is in detention in South Sudan. What can you tell us about him, his case? Has he had a consular visit?

MS. NULAND: Well, we can confirm that Mr. McCabe was originally detained on October 14th by the South Sudan National Security Services. We learned of his arrest from a third party on the 15th and we finally got consular access on the 19th of October. We pressed the South Sudanese to move him into local police custody, which they finally did on October 29th. The local police released him and then the NSS picked him up again. So we've raised this case at the highest levels of the South Sudanese Government, urging that he be granted due process as stipulated under Sudan's transitional constitution. We have been in to see him regularly, including at the level of our ambassador, and we're going to continue to provide consular assistance and follow his case. But we remain concerned about the circumstances of his arrest, the fact that we weren't notified in a timely manner, and to insist on due process in this case for our American citizen.

Please, in the back.


(The briefing was concluded at 1:32 p.m.)

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