Published on: 11 May 2017
President Omar al-Bashir pardons Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla. They have been set free from prison this afternoon!
Pastor Hassan and Abdulmonem were both arrested in Dec. 2015 with Petr Jasek, a Czech missionary. They both received 12-year sentences for aiding and abetting Jasek who received a life sentence (20-yrs is life in Sudan) for “spying” and doing NGO work without a permit. Jasek received a presidential pardon on February 26, 2017 after serving 14 months of his life sentence, through Czech government negotiations with Sudan.
Sudan – On January 29, three men who have been detained since December 2015 received lengthy prison sentences. Hassan Abduraheem Taour, a Sudanese church leader, and Abdulmonem Abdumawla, a Darfuri graduate, each received a 12-year sentence for “aiding and abetting” Petr Jasek, a Czech aid worker, who received the harshest sentence.
Petr Jasek, 52, was issued a 23-and-a-half year sentence for charges of being a “spy.” A year was added in the sentence for “spreading rumors that undermine the authority of the state.” The maximum legal penalty for such a crime in Sudan is six
months. Jansek was also fined 100,000 Sudanese pounds (about $15,000 US) for NGO work without a permit.
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Petr Jasek Released:
“The first two months were probably the most severe for me. I was placed together in a cell with members of the Islamic State, who humiliated me as a Christian. This escalated into physical beatings, psychological torture and humiliation.”
Incarcerated for 14 months, Jasek was moved to a total of five prisons, “each getting worse and worse,” he said.
The worst prison, which was dubbed as “the refrigerator,” was where the prisoners were subjected to constant blasts of cold air. “It was terrible,” he said.
One of the hardest things he endured was hearing that his father had died a month after his imprisonment.
He also expressed the psychological distress caused by the endless delays and postponements of hearings in his 14-month-long case.
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