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Kiir sentences South African colonel to hang over aid to rebel chief

South African Faces Death Penalty in South Sudan Espionage Case

A South Sudan court on Friday sentenced a South African ex-colonel to be executed by hanging after he was convicted of trying to bring down the government.

Retired colonel William Endley, 55, had been providing advice to former-vice-president-turned-rebel-leader Riek Machar, whose forces have been fighting a civil war since 2013.

During the sentencing, Judge Lado Eriminio Sekwat said Endley had 15 days to appeal.

In addition to charges of conspiracy and the supply of weapons, Endley was convicted of espionage, waging an insurgency, sabotage, terrorism and illegal entry into South Sudan.

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During the trial, Endley attempted to call six witnesses in his defense but none showed up to testify.

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