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Sudan: Ex-prisoner, Hassan Kodi, praises God for release

17 May 2017

Ex-prisoner, Hassan Kodi, praises God for release

When the day broke on 11 May, Hassan Kodi (pictured left), prisoner for his faith in Sudan, had no idea that this was the day the Lord would radically change his circumstances.

Arrested and sentenced to over 11 years in prison for 'espionage', he had been spending time with two visitors when prison guards called him to a meeting, without stating the purpose. Hassan went straight to the meeting, where he learned that President Al Bashir's office ordered his release and the release of his co-prisoner, Abdulmonem Abdumawla's (pictured centre).

The two prisoners quickly gathered their things and less than an hour later walked out of prison as free men, greeted by well-wishers.

Hassan told Open Doors workers over the phone shortly afterwards, "God is good! I am grateful to the Lord. Please tell all those who prayed for me that I am out of prison."

When Hassan's wife, Awadia, first heard the news she was in total disbelief. It was only when she saw him with her own eyes walking through the door that she believed it to be true. Both she and Hassan's mother looked shocked for some time after his arrival.

The news was welcomed by Sudanese Christians locally and in the diaspora. "We are celebrating the release of our respected brother and leader and thank all who prayed for him," commented a Sudanese church leader, who requested anonymity.

The 18-month ordeal

The release of these two men has ended 18 months of legal battle, following their arrested in December 2015 with Pastor Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri and Petr Jasek (pictured right), a Czech national. All four were charged with 'espionage', 'inciting strife between communities' and several other offences.

On 2 January, Pastor Shamal was acquitted of all charges. On 29 January, the court sentenced Petr to life imprisonment and Hassan and Abdulmonem to over 11 years each. Since that date, Hassan and Abdulmonem had been serving their sentences in prison while their lawyers appealed against the verdict. Petr received a presidential pardon and left Sudan on 26 February.

Open Doors director for the work in the region stated, "Christians around the world should celebrate and be jubilant over this breakthrough and not underestimate the role focused, persistent prayer makes in matters related to the persecuted church. As the government continues its clampdown on the church in Sudan, we should not give up our prayer effort for the church in Sudan and the rest of Africa reminded that the Lord hears and acts on our behalf."

Source: Open Doors

Please pray:

  • Please thank the Lord for His intervention in Hassan and Abdulmonem's case. Thank Him for His sustaining grace throughout the ordeal
  • For the Lord's complete healing from the trauma the freed men have been through
  • For complete emotional recovery for the families of the men, who have been affected by their imprisonment.

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