SAT 19 - 1 - 2019
Date: Nov 3, 2018
Source: The Daily Star
South Sudan frees rebel leader's spokesman, S.African adviser: witness
JUBA: South Sudan Friday released rebel leader Riek Machar's spokesman and a South African adviser from prison, a Reuters witness said.

To reinforce a peace deal signed in September, President Salva Kiir Wednesday ordered the release of retired South African colonel William Endley, an adviser to Machar, and James Gatdet, Machar's spokesman.

The Reuters witness at the prison where they were held saw the two being asked to go and put on their civilian clothes after being brought out of their cell.

"We are here to implement the orders of the president. Their release comes as part of the peace process. They are now free," Interior Minister Michael Chiangjiek said after signing paperwork confirming their release.

"Gatdet will be going to Khartoum and William Johan will be going to South Africa."

Endley was sentenced to death in February for trying to bring down the government, while Gatdet was sentenced to death in the same month on charges of treason and incitement against the government.

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