Voice of the Martyr's African director freed from prison
After spending a little over a year in prison, Petr Jasek, a Czech national and Voice of the Martyr staff member was freed from a 24 year prison sentence. Jasek was arrested in December of 2015 after visiting Sudanese Christians and helping to cover medical expenses. He was then found guilty in a Sudanese court for allegedly “waging war against the state,” “violating restrictions in military areas,” “spreading rumors to defame the state,” “espionage” and “inciting strife between communities.”
After sentencing, he was to spend the next 24 years behind bars, but his faith did not fail him. According to Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), he said, "From the earliest days of his imprisonment, Petr said many times, “God holds the key to my cell.” We are thankful that God used that key to open the door, and we pray that He will also open the cell doors to allow the two Sudanese men, one of whom is a pastor, also to go free."
The Czech government and the government of Sudan have been in negotiations since Jasek's imprisonment and yesterday he flew out of Sudan with Czech Republic Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek. He was reunited with his wife and two grown children last night in Prague.
Two others who worked with Jasek are still behind bars in Sudan though, one a pastor. VOM asked for continued prayer for this situation.