Last week a court in Khartoum sentenced Czech aid worker, Petr Jašek, to 23 years in prison after he was charged with a range of offences that included espionage. He was arrested in December 2015. Two Sudanese men, Hassan Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla, were sentenced to 12 years in prison for their role in supporting Mr Jašek.

Czech authorities have condemned the sentence and are making efforts to secure his release. The Christian Today article offers more detail on his arrest and the charges.

From Christian Today

Czech aid worker handed 23 year prison sentence, two Sudanese get 12 years

A Czech aid worker, Petr Jašek, 52, was sentenced to 23-and-a-half years after being found guilty of various charges, including spying. He was also fined 100,000 Sudanese pounds (around $15,000) for undertaking NGO work without a permit.

The other two men – a Sudanese church leader, Hassan Taour, and a Darfuri graduate, Abdulmonem Abdumawla – were each sentenced to 12 years, their major “crime” being “aiding and abetting” Jašek in his alleged spying. One of the years was for “spreading rumours that undermine the authority of the state” (even though the legal maximum penalty for this is six months in prison).

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From the Sudan Tribune

Sudanese court sentences Czech journalist to life in prison over espionage charges

Jasek had been arrested by the Sudanese security service at Khartoum airport carrying video and written material about the armed conflict in the Nuba Mountains where the government is accused to targeting civilians in the rebel controlled areas.

The Judge of North Khartoum court, Osama Ahmed Abdallah, Sunday, sentenced the journalist Peter Jacek to life imprisonment for spying against the Sudan and disseminating reports – via an “American organization hostile to Sudan” – including alleged persecution of Christians in the country, and the bombardment of civilian populated areas in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan State.

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