The Episcopal Church of South Sudan in Turalei has pardoned the man accused of burning one of its churches in Kuac Agok village last week.
On July 9, Jeremiah Nyuol Parek, 30, allegedly torched the church building during the night hours.
Police apprehended him on July 11 in Mayen Abun after church officials opened a case against him. The church said Mr. Nyuol had in June threatened to destroy the church – making him a person of interest.
Mr. Nyuol was to be arraigned in court after investigations are completed but the church on Friday decided to set him free.
“I can say feel free. You [Nyuol] are acquitted. This church is for people to worship. God willing, this church will be built again,” announced Abraham Ngor Mangong, Bishop of the ECSS Diocese of Gogrial West.
Bishop Mangong appealed to the community to support the diocese in the reconstruction of the church.
For his part, Jeremiah Nyuol told Mayardit FM that he was remorseful for his actions. He appreciated the church for his unconditional release.
“I appreciate the church leaders. I cannot say they accused me in vain, they are right. When I was arrested I did not feel angry.”
Authorities have deployed police officers to protect churches from arson.
Brigadier General Marko Mawien Madut, Director of Police in Twic County warned that “if anyone found at night near any church roaming without a reason, he or she will be arrested and taken to court.”