Trial Continues in Khartoum
According to the Sudan Tribune, the trial of Hassan Kodi, Kuwa Shama, Petr Jesek and Abdulmonen Abdumawla resumed in Khartoum on Monday, Nov. 28. The prosecutor is claiming that Jasek entered Sudan for covert intelligence purposes, and that the other defendants were involved in his activities.
In late August, Worldwatch Monitor reported on the trial of the four men. As the trial began, the Sudanese government’s prosecutor accused the defendants of highlighting alleged Christian suffering in war-ravaged areas of the country. The four defendants are a Czech Christian aid worker named Petr Jasek; Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour and Rev. Kuwa Shamal, pastors originally from the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan; and Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla, a Darfuri graduate student. The four are accused of conducting intelligence activities and providing material support for rebels in Sudan’s South Kordofan region.
According to the Paris-based Sudan Tribune, on Aug 29 the prosecutor displayed photos and videos that he claimed Jasek had handed over to a US-based medical-relief agency. The photos apparently show sites in war-affected areas of South Kordofan state, a team from the relief agency looking at a map of the Nuba Mountains, and the defendants appearing beside destroyed buildings with members of the agency and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North. The prosecution alleges that the defendants stated that the buildings were destroyed by Sudanese government warplanes.
As the trial resumed Nov. 28, the prosecutor told the court that the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) had expelled several foreigners from Sudan for carrying out hostile activities against the state, jeopardizing national security, instigating tribalism, documenting alleged human rights violations, and inciting war against the state. The prosecutor claimed that the Czech defendant met two of the other defendants during their participation in an intelligence-linked conference in Addis Ababa, adding that the defendants have been involved with the documenting of alleged human rights violations by Sudan and inciting war against the state. He alleged that the conference in Addis Ababa was organized to provide support to rebel groups in South Kordofan and that the Czech defendant has fabricated documentation of the alleged torture and use of chemical substances against Darfuri students.
In a Sept 20 article by Voice of the Martyrs, the organization states that the charges against Mr. Jasek, who has a background in hospital administration, are false, and that he has assisted VOM in delivering aid to displaced and suffering Christians in Sudan, Nigeria and other African nations. They assert that his work has always been humanitarian in nature, and not in any way political.
Sources: Sudan Tribune, Worldwatch Monitor, VOM
Father, we thank You for the testimony of these men who boldly bring aid to those who have been affected by the conflicts in the hotly contested border states between Sudan and South Sudan. We pray for them as they face this trial and the possibility of prison and even death. Encourage them daily by Your Holy Spirit, the Scripture He brings to mind, and the assurance of the prayers of many Christians around the world. Strengthen their faith to face false accusations brought forth in the trial. We pray for true justice to be granted and the charges dismissed. We pray for the gospel of Christ to be proclaimed in this land of spiritual darkness and for peace to rest upon them. In the name of Jesus, who blesses His people with peace. Amen.