Court finds men guilty in shock decision
In a shock decision, a judge in Khartoum has found Czech aid worker Petr Jasek, Darfuri graduate Abdulmonem Abdulmawla and church leader Hassan Kodi guilty in their long-running trial.
Petr, 52, was sentenced to 23-and-a-half years for various charges, including spying. He was also fined 100,000 Sudanese pounds (around £12,300) for undertaking NGO work without a permit. Abdulmonem and Hassan were each sentenced to 12 years – their major ‘crime’ was to ‘aid and abet’ Petr in his spying.
The men were first arrested in December 2015 alongside another church pastor, Kuwa Shamal, who was thankfully released earlier this month. Throughout their trial, many Open Doors supporters have been praying for them and speaking up on their behalf. Thank you!
We know that your prayers and support make a difference. In the cases of Meriam Ibrahim (who was sentenced to death in Sudan for apostasy) and two Sudanese pastors found guilty of various charges, both of their sentences were reversed after prayer and pressure was raised for them worldwide.
Please continue to lift up Petr, Abdulmonem and Hassan in your prayers as they plan to appeal against the harsh prison sentences. You can use the prayer points below.
Just think what it would be like if you were imprisoned unfairly because of your Christian faith!
There are many millions of Christians throughout the world who are being abused and tortured because of their belief in our Father God.
Please also pray for them that they may be given the courage and strength to endure all the atrocities being perpetrated against them on a daily basis.
With many peaceful blessings