European man thrown into prison for filming video of persecution against Christians
A Czech man named Petr Jasek has been imprisoned in Sudan for filming the persecution of Christians in the country, according to Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
So far, diplomacy's efforts to have 52-year-old Petr Jasek freed have been in vain. He was thrown into prison in Sudan in December and may face trial in March, the Prague Monitor reports.
Petr Jasek's video is being used as a major piece of evidence against him. In the video, a man is seen describing how he got his burn wounds. While Jasek said the Christian man was violently attacked by Muslims, the man has denied such an incident. The man claimed the accused had just misinterpreted his words because he got the injuries from a car accident, the report relays.
Jasek's case is difficult because Sudan's legislation is inspired by the traditional Islamic Sharia law. In addition, he has reportedly been accused of crossing the state border illegally.
The diplomats who have tried and failed to broker Jasek's release say they are not sure what sentence will be handed to Jasek.