Home | News    Monday 27 February 2017

Sudan pardons Czech filmmaker, as SPLM-N calls to free pastors

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Czech FM Lubomír Zaorálek (L) and Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour in a press conference held in Khartoum on 26 February 2017 (ST Photo)
February 26, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on Sunday has pardoned Czech missionary and filmmaker, Petr Jasek, who was sentenced to life in prison last January for spying against the Sudan.

Reacting to this amnesty, the SPLM-N has called to release the Sudanese pastors detained with him, saying their trial was part of Khartoum oppressive policy against Christians.

In December 2015, Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Jasek four days after he entered Sudan carrying two bags containing a laptop, mobile phone, video camera besides other documents. He was charged with espionage, waging war against the state and inciting hatred against religious congregations,

On 29 January, a Sudanese court sentenced Jasek to life imprisonment for spying against the Sudan and disseminating reports - via an "American organisation 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.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has arrived in Khartoum on Sunday for talks on bilateral relations.

In a joint press conference with Zaoralek, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said President al-Bashir has released Jasek “in appreciation for the historic relations between Sudan and the Czech republic”.

“Al-Bashir has taken into account the bilateral ties between the two nations, and the Czech Foreign Minister would receive the Czech citizen and he will leave for his country today,” said Ghanodur

He wished that the visit of the Czech top diplomat would be “a start of a distinct relation between the two countries”.

For his part, Zaoralek expressed his delight, saying “I’m pleased to witness the end of the unpleasant case of the Chezh citizen”.

“My visit to Sudan is a beginning of a new page in relations between the two countries,” he said

“During my talks with all Sudanese officials I underscored my country’s desire to promote relations with Sudan in all fields,” he added.

It is noteworthy that the Czech minister has conveyed to Sudan’s First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Salih a message of thanks from the Czech government for the release of Jasek.

SPLM-N DEMANDS RELEASE OF TWO PASTORS

Meanwhile, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) Secretary General Yasser Arman described the release of the Czech missionary as “correcting the regime’s mistakes”.

However, he wondered why the government didn’t release the two Sudanese pastors who were sentenced with the Czech missionary.

“The SPLM-N calls for the immediate release of the pastors and [demands the government] to show respect for the citizenship rights of the Sudanese Christians,” he said.

Arman further called for the release of all political and rights activists and on top of them the university professor Mudawi Ibrahim, saying the trial of the pastors and Czech missionary is part of a campaign that aims to intimidate Sudanese Christians and strip of their citizenship rights.

He pointed that the government has demolished more than 20 Churches.

The court has also sentenced Pastor Hassan Abdel-Rahim and geologist Abdel-Moni’m Abdel-Mawla for 12 years for colluding with the Czech missionary.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 27 February 13:40, by kuac Agol

    Thanks Bashir for pardoning a young and innocence Czech Republic national ( the filmmaker), freeing him could give free to Sudanese nation his Country and already a pure relation between two countries, I hope African could take up from Bashir by doing the same.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Do we have leaders in South Sudan or murderers? 2017-10-15 04:13:20 By Peter Gai Manyuon According to different scholars globally, leadership style is the way a person uses power to lead other people. More so, scholars have also identified a variety of (...)

Accountability, National Dialogue, and Elections: Which one of them comes first? 2017-10-12 21:51:17 By Dr Lako Jada Kwajok Conflicts or wars are the offspring of failures to have constructive dialogues in resolving problems between parties. The parties could range from countries, groups of (...)

Sudan-U.S relations: Khartoum’s animosity went with the wind after sanctions lifting 2017-10-11 05:39:38 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes in the aftermath of the calming and fading away from the heavy dust triggered by the event of lifting the decades-long US economic and trade sanctions (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Reactions to government agencies’ conspiracy against Greater Bor community 2017-10-08 07:54:31 October 7, 2017 A monkey business or a donkey business in the government of the republic of South Sudan against the citizens is unacceptable. Therefore, we as youth of Greater Bor in diaspora (...)

Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)

New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.