South Sudan’s VP claims he was ‘wrongly’ accused by US treasury

South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai speaks during the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on September 28, 2018. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP)

South Sudan ‘s Vice President says he has been “wrongly” linked to violations of human rights cited by the US Department of Treasury to sanction him.

In a statement on Thursday, Taban Deng Gai said the move to impose sanctions on him could disrupt his efforts towards contributing to the implementation of the revitalised peace deal.

” I have been wrongly accused of serious human rights abused.I deeply regret those baseless and unfounded allegations and wish to assure the international community, and above all people of South Sudan,that my life has always been dedicated to building of a peaceful and prosperous South Sudan,” the statement read.

On Wednesday, the US imposed sanctions on Mr Gai for his involvement in serious violations of human rights, including the disappearance and death of civilians.

The US Department of the Treasury office of Foreign Assets Control said it was penalising Mr Gai for his hand in silencing critics, including through death; making him the latest top official to face the wrath of Washington sanctions.

Gai as sanctioned is barred from entering US territory, owning assets there or doing business with Americans.

The Vice President said he regrets the steps taken by the Treasury adding that he will continue to serve the interest of common South Sudanese citizens…readmore



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