South Sudan: Juba High Court Summons NSS’ Gen. Akol Koor Over Land Grabbing

The Juba High Court has issued a summon to the National Security Service’s Internal Security Bureau (ISB) Director General, Gen. Akol Koor, compelling him to explain why his office has failed to vacate a private property owned by a Juba lawyer.

In a letter seen by Radio Tamazuj, the High Court confirmed that the disputed land, comprising plots 6 through 9 in Block IX of Nyokuron West Investment Area, measuring 1,500 square meters, is the property of Advocate Kiir Chol Deng, a lawyer based in Juba.

Furthermore, the High Court instructed the National Security Service (NSS) to cover the legal expenses incurred by Chol during the legal battles and proceedings.

In a second letter, the High Court ordered Gen. Akol Koor to appear before the court on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Kiir Chol Deng, the landowner, said that he had been engaged in a legal battle with the NSS for nearly a year over the said land and that despite him winning the case, the NSS refused to vacate his land.

“We have been in court for almost one year with the NSS regarding my plot. I won the case and they were instructed to evacuate my property,” he explained. “However, they appear unwilling to do so, prompting the judge to summon the Director General of the ISB of the NSS to appear before the court on 8 November 2023 to explain their reluctance.”

Chol revealed that the court ruled in his favor on 19 September 2023 and they are currently in the process of executing the court order. He noted that in the event the NSS chief fails to comply with the court’s summon on Wednesday, it could be considered contempt of court.

“I expect the Director General of the NSS to attend the court session and clarify why they are unwilling to vacate my property,” the advocate stated. “If he fails to appear, they must provide a compelling justification otherwise, legal action may be taken for contempt of court.”

Chol Mawel