Trump administration sanctions three officials for South Sudan conflict

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 06, 2017 1:29 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions against two senior South Sudanese officials and the country's former army chief in a warning to the government of President Salva Kiir over increasing attacks on civilians in the country's four-year civil war.

The U.S. Treasury Department, in a statement on its website, said it had blacklisted Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, deputy chief of defense for logistics in South Sudan's army; Paul Malong, former army chief sacked by Kiir in May and put under house arrest; and Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth for their roles in destabilizing South Sudan.

The measures freeze any assets in the United States belonging to the three men.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton in Washington; Additional reporting by Maggie Fick in Nairobi; Editing by Tim Ahmann)