American missionary pilot and two others released from prison in Mozambique

An American missionary pilot and two other men who had been imprisoned in Mozambique for more than four months on suspicion of supporting rebels in the war-torn country have been released from prison.

Ryan Kocher and two South Africans, Du Plessis and Eric Dry, left the prison late Tuesday night, according to the US-based Mission Air Fellowship (MAF), Christian Megaportal inVictory reports with reference to The Christian Post.

Kocher is said to be “doing well” since his release, and has spoken to his wife Annabelle and two sons several times since his release, a spokesman for the “Christian Post” said.

All three men must remain in Mozambique as the case against them is still pending.

Kocher and two other IAF volunteers were arrested in November 2022 while loading humanitarian aid onto a plane bound for an orphanage in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique’s northernmost province.

To date, no charges have been filed as part of the ongoing investigation.

Since 2017, a rebel group believed to be linked to the Islamic State has taken over villages, churches and mosques in the northern region of the African country, killing hundreds of people.

Over the past five years, about 1 million residents have fled their villages in Cabo Delgado due to the raging war between security forces and rebels.

Source: Американский пилот-миссионер и еще два человека освобождены из тюрьмы в Мозамбике | Новости inVictory