5 December 2017

Kenyans Jailed for Life in South Sudan to Return Home

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Presidents Salva Kiir and Uhuru Kenyatta.

Four Kenyans jailed for life in South Sudan are expected back home Wednesday. Anthony Mwadime, Ravi Ramesh, Boniface Muriuki and Anthony Keya -- were sentenced to life imprisonment for embezzlement of government funds.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma is in South Sudan to receive them.

The Nation learnt that they were freed following talks between Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Salva Kiir.

They were in a group including 12 South Sudan nationals who were also cumulatively jailed for 67 years.

At the time they were sentenced, Kenya and South Sudan did not have a prisoner exchange or extradition arrangement.

FAIR HEARING

The families of the four had appealed to the government and the United Nations Human Rights Council to intervene.

They complained the four were not given a fair hearing.

They further argued the sentences were harsh and that they were proxy victims of business wars between rivals, one of whom was their employer, for lucrative government tenders.

One of the South Sudanese sentenced include businessman John Agou, who was a a senior security officer in President Kiir's office, and his wife Anyeth Chat Bol.

The two founded the business Click Technologies which supplied electronic items to the Juba government and employed the four Kenyans.

Mr Agou, the court found, conspired with his employees to swindle the Office of the President and other ministries, by receiving payments for deliveries that never were.

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