Khartoum, December 16, 2018 (SSNA) — The former spokesman for the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has arrived in Sudanese capital Khartoum, a senior armed opposition official who asked his name to be submerged because he was not authorized to talk to the media told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on Sunday in Khartoum.
The official said James Gatdet feels good to be with his comrades and that he is expected to share his confinement experience with his brothers and sisters in struggle.
“He is here. He feels good to be with us again and he is educating us about his experience during his imprisonment,” the official says.
The ex-rebel spokesman was released in early November and it was not clear what prevented him from leaving Juba. However, one family members of James Gatdet told the SSNA that his passport was to be blamed for the delay.
James was kidnapped by Kenyan police in November 2016 and deported to Juba. South Sudan’s government accused him of committing crimes against the state and that he insulted President Kiir. A Juba court found him guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging. James denied all the allegations. He was pardoned by Kiir on October 31 during a Khartoum’s peace agreement celebration in Juba. He was later released.