Rule of Law Under Scrutiny: NSS Director Summonsed to Explain Controversial Property Occupation
In a stunning turn of events, the Juba High Court has issued a summons to General Akol Koor, Director General of the National Security Service’s Internal Security Bureau (ISB), demanding an explanation for the prolonged occupation of a private property owned by prominent Juba lawyer, Advocate Kiir Chol Deng. This summons comes in the wake of a year-long legal battle that saw Chol emerge victorious, yet the NSS has remained reluctant to vacate the contested land.
Background: The disputed property, encompassing plots 6 through 9 in Block IX of Nyokuron West Investment Area, measuring 1,500 square meters, has been confirmed by the High Court as the rightful possession of Advocate Kiir Chol Deng. Despite the court’s verdict in favor of Chol on 19 September 2023, the NSS has, perplexingly, defied the order to evacuate the premises.
Legal Standpoint: The High Court, not content with a mere verdict, has instructed the NSS to cover all legal expenses incurred by Chol during this protracted legal battle. This move not only underscores the court’s commitment to justice but also highlights the financial toll borne by the rightful landowner in seeking legal recourse against a powerful institution.
Court’s Ultimatum: In a second letter, the High Court has summoned General Akol Koor to appear before the bench on Wednesday, adding an air of urgency to the proceedings. The court’s insistence on the NSS chief’s presence reflects the gravity of the situation and raises questions about the rule of law in the face of potential contemptuous actions.
Landowner’s Struggle: Advocate Kiir Chol Deng, the aggrieved landowner, expressed frustration at the NSS’s unwillingness to comply with the court order. Despite his legal triumph, Chol finds himself in a continued battle to reclaim what is rightfully his. His insistence on the NSS Chief’s appearance before the court not only seeks justice but also demands accountability for the blatant disregard of the rule of law.
Implications of Non-Compliance: As the court date looms, the NSS faces the specter of contempt charges if General Akol Koor fails to present a compelling justification for the continued occupation. This potential legal action not only exposes the NSS to further scrutiny but also raises concerns about the institution’s respect for judicial authority and the rule of law.
Conclusion: The unfolding saga of Advocate Kiir Chol Deng’s protracted legal battle against the NSS shines a spotlight on the broader issues of justice, accountability, and the rule of law in Juba. The Wednesday court session is poised to be a pivotal moment, determining not only the fate of a contested property but also the resilience of the legal system in upholding the principles that underpin a just and democratic society. As the NSS faces a summons to justify its actions, the eyes of the nation are fixed on the courtroom, awaiting answers that could redefine the balance between power and justice in South Sudan.