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Larson Angok freed

Larson Angok was freed from detention this evening without any charges.

Popular South Sudanese singer Larson Angok who was arrested in March has been released after spending over a month in detention.

According to musician’s brother, Angok was freed from detention this evening without any charges.


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He was arrested in Wau, where he had gone for a music concert on March 17 and transported back to Juba. He has been held at a police station in Rock City area of Juba according to family.

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Following his arrest, the police spokesperson said the musician was a member of police force and was being detained for violating undisclosed police codes of conduct.

The family and his fans believed the arrest was connected to his latest songs that reprimand the leadership of the SPLM and the lack of services from the government.

One of his song criticizes the SPLM for what Angok describes as “abandoning its children for other people’s children.”

It is widely seen as a reference to the inclination by President Salva Kiir to employ people who previously served under former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, at the expense of those who fought the liberation war with the SPLM.

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