Release International calls on Sudan to free Christian aid worker accused of spying. Charge ‘demonstrates growing hostility towards Church in Sudan’.
‘Sentencing aid workers for spying highlights the growing hostility in Sudan towards Christians and the church – as does the severity of the sentence.
‘The government is already demolishing churches. Release calls on Sudan to respect the rights of Christians and others and to release these men, whose only crime was compassion.’
Petr Jasek and the others were accused of funding rebel movements in areas such as South Kordofan and Darfur. The charges arose after an act of compassion towards a student from Darfur who was badly burnt during a protest in 2013.
The student’s plight was highlighted at an international conference in 2015. In December that year, Petr travelled to Khartoum to give the student $5,000 towards his medical costs. Security agents searching his bags at Khartoum Airport found the receipt for his donation and detained Petr on the spot, accusing him of supporting rebels.
Petr Jasek has a 20-year background in the medical field, including 10 years as a hospital administrator. He has worked to provide care to persecuted Christians in Sudan and Nigeria, including medical care for Christians attacked by Boko Haram.