South Sudan court sentences rebel spokesman to death

South Sudan court sentences rebel spokesman to death

South Sudan rebel spokesman James Gatdet Dak was sentenced to death by hanging for treason yesterday, a year after he was deported from Kenya despite having refugee status.

"Death sentence by hanging," Judge Ladu Armenio told Gatdet in the court in Juba, after he was found guilty of treason and other crimes against the state.

The sentencing comes as peace talks between the government and rebels, taking place in neighboring Ethiopia, stall amid mutual accusations of military assaults.

Gatdet, a former journalist, was also handed jail sentences totaling 21 years, which he is expected to serve before his execution.

He has insisted he is innocent.