South Sudan's Minister for Justice Paulino Wanawila speaks to the media during a press conference in Juba on January 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza
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South Sudan says it will put key leaders of an alleged coup it claims triggered weeks of fighting on trial, in a move likely to threaten a fragile cease-fire with rebels.The announcement, made late Tuesday by Justice Minister Paulino Wanawila, underscored the animosity that still reigns between government forces under President Salva Kiir and a loose coalition of rebel fighters seen as loyal to Kiir's sacked deputy, Riek Machar.Wanawila late Tuesday repeated the coup allegation against Machar and said some rebel leaders would be tried.Two others were on the run: chief rebel delegate Taban Deng who signed the cease-fire, as well as Alfred Ladu Gore, an experienced guerrilla fighter and respected leader especially in his home region surrounding the capital Juba.
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