PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Advocates are hoping to finally learn Thursday why a La Salle grad, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” has been imprisoned for the last eight months.
Peter Biar Ajak was arrested last July at Juba International Airport and has been sitting in an infamous South Sudanese prison called the Blue House ever since. Charges were never announced. His attorney Jared Genser says he’s a political prisoner, being punished for speaking out against the government on TV and social media.
Many people around the world, including U.S. senators Chris Coons and Corey Booker, have called for his release.
During his court appearance, South Sudanese authorities may finally reveal the charges against him. Genser says Biar could be released any time, or things could turn for the worst, with treason and terrorism charges — crimes that could come with a death sentence.
Biar fled Sudan and re-settled in Philly in 2001. The 35-year-old graduated from Central High School, and he has two sons.