The government has released Riek Machar’s SPLM-IO spokeperson, James Gatdet Dak after President Kiir pardoned him according to our source in Juba.

James Gatdet Dak was sentenced to death by a Juba court over treason charges.

The former Sudan Tribune journalist was also handed jail sentences totaling 21 years, which he was expected to serve before his execution.

The pardon came after Kiir met Riek Machar in Khartoum, Sudan.