Men appear before military court in Juba over alleged involvement in hotel attack in which five aid workers were raped and one man murdered

South Sudanese soldiers accused of raping five foreign aid workers and killing their local colleague have appeared before a military court in Juba, in a case seen as a test of the government’s ability to try war crimes.

The attack, one of the worst on aid workers since civil war erupted in South Sudan three and a half years ago, occurred on 11 July 2016, as President Salva Kiir’s troops won a three-day battle in the country’s capital against opposition forces loyal to Riek Machar, the former vice-president.

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