Petr Jasek Pardoned
Czech Christian aid worker Petr Jasek, 53, was one month into a 24-year jail sentence in Kharoum, Sudan after being convicted on charges of spying and inciting hatred when the news of his imminent release was announced. Jasek was arrested in December of 2015 along with several other believers, some of whom have already been released. Hassan Kodi and Abdulmonem Abdumawla, who were each sentenced to 12 years in prison, remain in custody.
The Daily Mail reports that on Sunday, Feb 26, Foreign Ministers Ibrahim Ghandour of Sudan and Lubomir Zaoralek of the Czech Republic announced at a joint press conference that President Omar al-Bashir had ordered Jasek’s release. “President Bashir has pardoned Czech national Petr Jasek because of good relations between Sudan and the Czech Republic,” Ghandour said, adding that Jasek was to be handed over to Zaoralek later that day. “Mr Jasek will accompany the Czech foreign minister to his homeland,” Ghandour said. Zaoralek flew to Khartoum earlier on the 26th to intercede with the Sudanese government for Jasek’s release. “I am very glad that we are able today to conclude the case of Mr Jasek,” said Zaoralek, speaking in English. He said that Khartoum is now convinced that Jasek “had no intention to undermine” Sudan.
Join us in praising the Lord for this development and in continuing to pray for Hassan and Abdulmonem, who remain in prison
Father God, we thank You so much for the release of Petr Jasek that he might return to his country and family, and that he might continue his work of giving aid to Christians in troubled areas of the world. Justice has been served for him and now we continue to pray for justice for Hassan and Abdulmonem that they might soon be released, and for comfort and strength for their families. We pray for Christians in Sudan who suffer for their faith, especially those in the critical border areas. And we pray for the light and truth of the gospel to reach the hearts and minds of countless of those in Sudan who are lost. In the name of Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen.