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Wrongful Imprisonment Of Seventh-day Adventist Pastor In Togo Reaches 500 Days
Millions of Adventist church members to pray for Pastor Antonio Monteiro and others held without trial during special “day of support”; #pray4togo500
By: Seventh-day Adventist Church
Pastor Antonio Monteiro, a native of Cape Verde, worked as a department director at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’
There have been five attempted appeals by his lawyer, the Adventist world church and several foreign diplomats for Monteiro’
In addition to Pastor Monteiro, four others have been arrested in the case and also have yet to receive a trial – including Monteiro’
“Pastor Monteiro is innocent, period,”
Local newspapers have called for the release of Monteiro and the others who also are currently imprisoned with no trial set, thus violating Togo’s constitution guaranteeing a right to a trial.
The Adventist News Network today released a four-part series of articles detailing the case. The series – which details the arrest, conversations with police, and prison conditions – is based on interviews with sources involved in the situation, a statement by Monteiro, emails, newspaper reports, police records and court documents. A spokesman for Togo’s Ministry of Justice declined to comment for the series.
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