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Sudan: Czech aid worker released!
27 February 2017
A Czech aid worker, Petr Jašek (pictured right) detained in Sudan since December 2015, has been pardoned and freed by President Omar Bashir - after the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek visited Sudan this weekend to seek his release.
He flew back to Prague with the Foreign Minister yesterday (Sunday 26 Feb).
World Watch Monitor heard from some of his friends, who wept with relief at the news.
On 22 January he was sentenced to 23-and-a-half years after being found guilty of various charges, including spying. He was also fined 100,000 Sudanese pounds (around $15,000) for undertaking NGO work without a permit.
Two other men sentenced with him - a Sudanese church leader, Hassan Taour (pictured left), and a Darfuri graduate, Abdulmonem Abdumawla (pictured centre) - were each sentenced to 12 years, their major 'crime' being 'aiding and abetting' Jašek in his alleged spying. One of the years was for 'spreading rumours that undermine the authority of the state' (even though the legal maximum penalty for this is six months in prison).
Lawyers for the men have lodged appeals for their release.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Praise God for Petr's release
- That the Supreme Court considering Abdulmonem and Hassan's appeal would recognise their innocence
- For the Lord's grace, protection and encouragement to be poured out on all involved.
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