The president ordered the arrest of a high-ranking army commander over suspected violations of human rights, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Brig. Gen. James Otong was relieved of his command in Jonglei State and flown by helicopter back to the capital, Juba, on Monday, said the spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer. "There are allegations of human rights violations," said Colonel Aguer, as well as violations of the military rules of engagement. He referred specifically to killings of civilians by soldiers in Pibor, where General Otong was based. Jonglei was the scene of clashes in July after thousands of fighters from the Lou Nuer ethnic group raided towns and villages belonging to members of the Murle group. More than 300 people died.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.