By Morris Dogga
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday announced the release of South African retired soldier and former adviser to Dr. Riek Machar
Colonel William Endley was sentenced to death by hanging early this year for his alleged role in supporting rebels during the civil war in the neighbouring country.
Endly, 56, was arrested in late 2016 following the collapse of the 2015 peace deal between President Kiir and his former vice president Dr. Riek Machar.
Endley served as a security advisor to Machar after the war began. Previously he had worked at security firms in the capital Juba.
Court sentenced him to two years imprisonment for illegal entry into South Sudan, four years for publication of false information, seven years for training and sabotage, and death by hanging for conspiracy to overthrow the government.
Addressing the gathering during the peace celebration in Juba on Wednesday Kiir said Endley’s release was to show his commitment to implementing the revitalized peace agreement.
He said Mr. Endly would be deported back to his country.
“I will release him tomorrow. He will be released and deported to his own country. He will not stay here,” President Kiir said.