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Missionary pilot, volunteers jailed and denied bail

A pilot who works for the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a U.S.-based non-profit ministry, and two South African volunteers MAF volunteers have been jailed since they were arrested on Nov. 4 for allegedly “supporting terrorism” in Mozambique.

Ryan Koher, 31, was taken into custody while he was attempting to fly supplies including vitamins to church-run orphanages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province. He is currently incarcerated in a high-security prison in Mozambique.

Koher and the two volunteers have been held in prison since then, but no written charges have been filed and a judge has denied them bail. MAF reports that an investigation is currently being conducted.

CBN News reports:

During airport security scans, officials took interest in over-the-counter medications and food preservative supplies that belong to Ambassador Aviation Ltd. (AAL), which is a partner of U.S.-based non-profit MAF, the group reported.

According to MAF, the trio was bringing supplies for orphanages in the northern part of the country and it was a flight MAF, known as Ambassador Aviation Ltd. in Mozambique, had flown many times in the past.

Koher is currently being held in a high-security Mozambique prison, KTVB-TVreported.


The ministry said in a statement that Koher “has peace from God and is committed to His will.”

The northern part of Mozambique has been dealing with jihadist insurgents for the past couple of years.

Read the full article here.

Photo by Emiliano Bar on Unsplash

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