Authorities in Lakes State have confirmed that they have arrested five suspected South Sudan People Defense Forces soldiers involved in the torturing of Paramount Chief Andrew Madut Buoi at the weekend.
On Sunday, The beat into coma Buoi – member of a special court in Rumbek – at the military detention facility in Yirol West County, locally known as Maburzet.
The chief was later rushed to Yirol hospital where he received medical attention. Photos that circulated on social media that time showed that the chief suffered several bruises on his face and back.
Among those arrested for the case include the director of the detention facility, Makuei Achieny, the officer accused of commanding the torture, according to the acting minister of information in the state.
William Koje, however, did not disclose the names of junior soldiers who carried out the physical assault, for fear of revenge attack.
Paramount Chief Buoi is currently receiving treatment at a health facility in Juba following referral from Yirol.
The Penal Code 2008 stipulates that any person who by any act whatsoever causes serious bodily harm or injury to another person commits an offence.
Article 244 reads: “…upon conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or with a fine or with both.”