Juba — A South Sudan military court on Thursday found 10 soldiers guilty for their role in an attack on a Juba hotel in which five foreign aid workers were raped and a journalist was killed. "The military court has found out that the accused ... are guilty for their direct responsibilities in committing these crimes," said judge Knight Baryano Almas, detailing charges of rape, murder, looting and destruction.

One suspect was acquitted while another, a military commander accused of overseeing the horrific attack, died in prison in October 2017 in what the army said was a "natural death". After 31 trial sessions, two soldiers were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of local journalist John Gatluak, as well as rape and other crimes. The others received sentences ranging from seven to 14 years for charges including rape, sexual harassment and looting. Violence erupted in South Sudan’s capital when a peace deal between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar ...

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