Prime suspect in Abyei deadly road ambush released as victims’ families agree on blood compensation

Official says the main suspect in the recent killing of a driver and injury of four passengers in Abyei Administrative Area has been released as victims’ families accept blood compensation.

The man was granted bail after an agreement on payment of over 3 million South Sudanese Pounds as blood money was reached before Joint Community Court made up of members mainly from Dinka Ngok and Misseriya.

“The two sides have agreed on 70000 SSP as the value of a cow. Multiplying this by 45 cows will bring 3,150,000 Pounds; this is the total amount that will be paid as blood compensation. From there, the perpetrator was a bail,” Kelek Kon Lual, security advisor in Abyei Administrative Area, told Abyei FM on Thursday.

He says 500,000 South Sudanese Pounds was paid to family of late driver, Kuol Tholi on Wednesday as part of the compensation.

According to the agreement, 2,870,000 SSP – an equivalent of 41 cows will be given to family of the deceased. The rest of the money will be divided among the four who got wounded during the attack.

On 13th of March, armed men said to be from Misseriya opened fire at a commercial vehicle on the road between Amiet and Abyei Town, killing the driver on the spot and injuring four others. Eight suspects were arrested following the incident. A few days later, some of them were handed over to Joint Military Observers’ Committee (JMOC) from Sudan, but the main suspect was left in jail in Amiet market.