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William Endley: South Sudan pardons South African from death sentence

Endley is a former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) colonel.

william endley

Source: Defence Web

The South African Government has welcomed the decision by South Sudan President, Salva Kiir to pardon the death-sentenced South African, William Endley.

Endley, a former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) colonel, was, in February, sentenced to death for espionage and conspiring to overthrow the South Sudanese government.

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He was sentenced along co-accused, James Gatdet, a former spokesperson of rebel leader Riek Machar. According to reports, Gatdet’s arrest in 2017 came after he was deported from Nairobi, in Nigeria. Endley was arrested in 2016.

South Sudan gives South African William Endley a second chance at life

Kiir announced Endley’s release during the National Peace Celebration (NPC) in the capital city of Juba on Wednesday.

The National Peace Celebration is an important milestone towards rebuilding trust and committing to finding lasting peace and stability in South Sudan, said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco).

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”We appeal to all South Africans, who happen to get opportunities to work abroad, to observe and respect the laws of the countries they serve. We extend our gratitude to President Kiir for releasing one of our own to once again spend time with his family,” said Dirco Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in a statement.

Endley will be released on Thursday and return to South Africa in due course, Dirco said.

According to certain media reports, Endley previously served as a security advisor to Machar after the war began.

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In February, he also received a two-year imprisonment for illegal entry into the country. He was additionally handed a four-year sentence for false publication and seven years for training and sabotage.