JUBA, South Sudan 

South Sudanese First Vice President Taban Deng Gai on Thursday denied committing human rights violations and obstructing the ongoing peace process in the wake of being sanctioned by the U.S. 

“I have been wrongly accused of serious human rights abuses and sanctioned by the U.S State Department of the Treasury’s Office Foreign Assets Control,” Deng said in a statement. “I deeply regret those baseless and unfounded allegations and wish to assure the international community, and above all the people of South Sudan, that my life has always been dedicated to the building of a peaceful and prosperous

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