Animu Athiel’s lawyer is pushing for a swift resolution of her case.
Animu Athiel’s lawyer is pushing for a swift resolution of her case now that she has been transported to Juba Central Prison.
Animu Athiei, a prominent youth activist, has been transported to Juba’s main jail for trial. According to an Eye Radio report viewed by NCMP, the Directorate of Nationality, Passports, and Immigration.
Animu was detained by the Immigration, Passport, and Nationality Department on December 22nd of last year for allegedly obtaining diplomatic credentials illegally.
Animu was also turned over to Ugandan authorities after Juba officials said that adequate evidence acquired by the government suggested she was a Ugandan citizen.
However, Uganda allegedly refused to accept her, citing her alleged unethical handling of the situation. She was eventually returned to Juba and placed in detention pending an investigation and a court appearance.
Animu, however, has been transported to the central jail until her court date is determined, according to the Director of Immigration. Brig. Gen. Ater Nicola announced the formation of a commission to probe the situation.
“A committee is working on this, and we will appoint legal producers in this situation.” If she is a Ugandan, she will be deported; if she is a South Sudanese, she will remain in South Sudan,” Brig. Gen. Ater stated.
“She is in the main jail because we don’t have our own detention facility here [at immigration], and it’s merely for the waiting phase; she was here waiting for the committee to be created.”
“As director of immigration, the case of Animu Athiei is multilateral since she claims to be a South Sudanese from Morobo’s Keliko community.” “I will not offer you a lot of details since we are currently examining the case,” Brig. Gen. Ater said.
Animu was elected to parliament on the platform of the Other Political Parties OPP in May of last year, but her appointment was canceled by President Salva Kiir for unspecified reasons. Animu was also a consultant in Taban Deng Gai’s – then First Vice President’s – office before being sacked for unspecified reasons.
Ms. Animu has not made any public statements on her nationality. She has often represented South Sudan in international forums.
According to the Nationality Act, a person born before or after 2011 is regarded a South Sudanese National by birth if his or her parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents were born in South Sudan; or belongs to one of South Sudan’s indigenous ethnic groupings.
According to Chapter Six of the Act, anyone who knowingly makes a false representation or false statement about a material fact in an application for a certificate of nationality or certificate of naturalization commits an offense and, upon conviction, is deported, fined, or imprisoned for a period not exceeding five years.