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South Sudanese Army General arrested by Ethiopian authorities

First Vice President Taban Deng

ESAT News (January 9, 2018)

A South Sudanese general allied to the country’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai was arrested by Ethiopian authorities after he entered Ethiopia illegally, a senior official loyal to Taban Deng said.

David Dang Kong, head of the SPLM-IO office for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia, told Radio Tamazuj today that Brigadier General Mun Gach Thoch was arrested at Tharpam Refugee Camp by Ethiopian police after crossing the border town of Pagak to neighboring Ethiopia without proper papers in October 2017.


He pointed out that the South Sudanese army general is being held for nearly three months in Gambella region.

“Mun crossed to Ethiopia to visit his relatives. The Ethiopian government said the general crossed the border without permission,” he said

“Also, I heard that Brigadier General does not have legal documents, and the Administration for Refugees Affairs (ARA) does not allow government officials to visit the refugees who are living in the camp,” he added.

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