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American diplomat tells Makuei, Lomuro to challenge sanctions in court

American diplomat tells Makuei, Lomuro to challenge sanctions in court

South Sudan cabinet minister Martin Elia Lomoro (L) and minister of information Michael Makuei. [Photo courtesy]

JUBA – South Sudan cabinet minister, Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro, Information Minister Michael Makuei, and other individuals who are under U.S sanctions can go to court and challenge the American government, a top U.S diplomat said.

Outgoing U.S Chargé d’Affaires, David Renz, dared sanctioned officials at press conference held in Juba on Thursday after cabinet minister Dr. Martin Elias Lomuro claimed to have filed a lawsuit against the U.S government for sanctioning him in 2019.

David said that the U.S is a nation of law, noting that any minister who is not happy with sanctions is free to challenge the U.S in court of law.

“On sanction and possible legal action, we are nation law and we believe in rule of law and we live by that. If Martin Lomuro or Michael Makuei or any other individuals who are under U.S sanction want to go to go court in U.S and challenge sanctions by all means, please do so that is why we have courts,” David told reporters during his last media briefing as his tenure comes to an end after serving for nearly one year in the country.

“That is why courts are for, governments make mistakes, if we made mistake, go to court, proof your case and we will abide by the results,” top U.S diplomat added.

In January 2020, U.S government sanctioned the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai on charges of abduction and killing of two government critics.

Taban Deng’s sanction was added to a list of already sanctioned senior government officials, opposition figures and individuals.

Former minister of Defense Kuol Manyang Juuk and Cabinet Affairs minister Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro were sanctioned in December 2019 for what the U.S described as “obstruction of reconciliation efforts in South Sudan.

In 2017, U.S also sanctioned Gen. Malek Ruben Riak, former deputy chief of staff, Michael Makuei Lueth, information minister and former chief of staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan for undermining stability and peace in the country.

Source: Sudan Post.

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