South Sudan’s apex court on Wednesday acquitted four Kenyans and other South Sudanese in the long-running trial of 16 suspects accused of stealing 14 million U.S. dollars in the president’s office in 2015.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Mawien Makol told Xinhua that the released Kenyans have already been handed over to their embassy in Juba awaiting returning home.

“They were released, four of them are Kenyans and four others South Sudanese, therefore the Kenyan embassy has received the Kenyans and they will be transporting them back home,” Makol revealed in Juba.

The South Sudan’s Supreme Court sentenced the four Kenyans to 14 years in jail in mid September after being held in the war-torn country.

The Kenyans had been working for a local IT company owned by South Sudanese Agou Wuoi, a former staff in the President’s office.

The fate of the four Kenyans was sealed when Wuoi who had been contracted to supply President Salva Kiir’s office with stationery services was axed and later on dragged to court accused by some of his associates of masterminding the theft in what appeared to be business rivalry with one of his well connected half-brothers. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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