Military court finds Private Yak guilty as charged
AUTHOR: Daniel Garang Deng | PUBLISHED: February 28, 2023
Private Yak Garang Yak, Accused standing on the left; Maj. Gen. Majok Michael Chan, President of Special General Court Martial [right] talking to Yak | Credit | Daniel Garang Deng/TRC
The military court in Juba has found Yak Garang Yak guilty of several charges, including four murders, causing damage to company vehicle and disobeying lawful orders.
In January, Yak shot dead four people, including three Syrian nationals who were implementing a construction project at President Salva Kiir’s home in Akon, Warrap State.
The fourth victim was a local identified as Deng Malong Malual, 15.
Private Yak shot dead the construction workers in Gogrial West County, Warrap State, over pay, an army officer told TRC.
“The court charges you (Yak) under article 83 of the SPLA Act 2009 read together with article 206 of South Sudan penal code 2008. The second is the same article 83 read together with article 327 of the South Sudan Penal Code. And the third article is Article 67 of the SPLA Act 2009, which is the disobedient of lawful orders,” said Maj. Gen. Majok Michael Chan, president of the Special General Court Martial in Juba.
Yak admitted the charges against him when asked by the court.
The court said the final verdict will be declared on date March 3 and asked the families of the victims to come with their final say on the court ruling on the final day.
The victims are granted three choices by the court: they will either forgive, ask for compensation, or choose death sentence.