Abraham Chol behind bars. [File photo]

Self-styled prophet Abraham Chol denies charges in court

Abraham Chol Makueth, a self-styled prophet, and leader of the Cush Ministries Church, on Wednesday, denied all charges brought against him by the prosecution in an ongoing court case and said he was exercising his right to express himself freely which is constitutional.

Abraham Chol Makueth, a self-styled prophet, and leader of the Cush Ministries Church, on Wednesday, denied all charges brought against him by the prosecution in an ongoing court case and said he was exercising his right to express himself freely which is constitutional.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the Special High Court questioned Chol about the charges brought against him for trying to subvert the constitutional government, insulting the president, and other charges.

However, the self-styled prophet said he acted within his constitutional rights of freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution under Article 24.

“Every citizen shall have the right to the freedom of expression, reception and dissemination of information, publication, and access to the press without prejudice to public order, safety or morals as prescribed by law,” The Article reads.

Chol was arrested in July last year after uttering statements to the effect that President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar would be kicked out of office by or on Independence Day 9 July 2021.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Deng John Deng, the lead defense counsel of Abraham Chol, said the next hearing will be held on Friday in which the second, third, fourth, and fifth accused will as well be examined by the court.

He revealed that after the examination of the other accused, the court will then rule and decide to charge or acquit Abraham Chol and his co-accused.