Tension as Sudan trio sentenced for spying

Sudan TensionFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – CHRISTIAN groups are furious at the sentencing of a church leader, graduate and a Czech aid worker accused of espionage.
A judge in Khartoum has sentenced aid worker, Petr Jašek, to 23-and-a-half years in prison and fined him around £12 300 (R204 000) after it found him guilty of various charges, including spying and undertaking work without a permit.
Sudanese church leader, Hassan Taour, and a Darfuri graduate, Abdulmonem Abdumawla have each been sentenced to 12 years after they were found guilty of aiding and abetting Jašek in his alleged spying.
Their sentences include one year for “spreading rumours undermining authority of the state” even though the legal maximum penalty for the crime is six months in prison.
Lawyers have appealed the sentences.
The case centred around Jašek’s support for a Sudanese student injured during anti-government protestS in 2013.
Jašek gave the student, Ali Omer, $5 000 (R67 200) reportedly for medical costs. The prosecution alleged that it was a donation to rebel groups in the southern regions.
Both Taour and fellow pastor Kuwa Shamal, who was released earlier this month, are from South Kordofan, while Abdumawla is from Darfur. Both areas are in the south.
Christian rights group, Open Doors, expressed shock.
“These innocent men have been found unjustly guilty and sentenced to many years in prison,” said Zoe Baldock, Head of Advocacy.
Sudan is ranked fifth on the list of 50 countries Christian are said to suffer persecution.

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