South Sudan police assault UN human rights director

JUBA - A group of South Sudanese policeofficers assaulted the human rights director of the UnitedNations mission in the country last week, sources and internaldocuments said on Thursday.

They said 10 to 14 police officers slapped, kicked and beatBenedict Sannoh, a West African, at Juba's South Sudan hotel onSaturday morning after he refused to let them examine hispersonal belongings, according to several UN sources.

He was then put into a vehicle and "forced to sit whileother police (kicked) him," according to an internal UN securitydocument seen by Reuters.

South Sudan won independence from Sudan on July 9 followinga January referendum agreed under a 2005 ceasefire which endeddecades of civil war.

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