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After 445 days in prison, Petr Jasek is finally home. Jasek and three other Sudanese pastors were arrested over a year ago based on false accusations of spying and other crimes against the state. Jasek was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison but international outrage and pressure forced Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to pardon Jasek. One other pastor was released earlier this year, but the remaining two Sudanese pastors are still in prison. Because they are Sudanese citizens, it is more difficult to push for their release but ICC continues to work at securing their freedom.
3/01/2017 Sudan (Cross Rhythms) – Petr Jasek, the Christian aid worker sentenced to life in prison in Sudan for spying, is back home on Czech soil today after the Czech Foreign Minister flew to Khartoum yesterday to negotiate his release.
Jasek is reported to have arrived in Prague late last night after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir issued a pardon. He was to have served more than 20 years in jail – simply for helping a student from Darfur who’d been injured at a rally. As it was, he spent 445 days behind bars.
But the two Sudanese men convicted with him – Pastor Hassan Abduraheem, and Abdulmonem Abdumawla – remain in prison. Release CEO Paul Robinson says it’s important that their plight should not be forgotten.

 
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