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Let us then celebrate with him. Here is part of A’s message:
By the will of God and your support, I got the visa and am now, finally, a free man. I am forever indebted to you all. At this moment I am reminded of the words of God. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Special thanks to Sister Elizabeth, who started the petition. I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my lawyer, Ms. Sanmati Verma, and her legal team: ‘ … And to Minister Alan Tudge, and to all those who signed the petition and encouraged me in many ways.
May God bless you all! God bless!”
I also had a list to thank for this outcome, for the combined pressure on the immigration department for his release. But I am humbled to think that I forgot the one first thought of by A: the Minister who allowed his release. Here are those I wish to thank: his legal representatives, petition signers (over 25,000!), petition promoters, media storytellers, those who contacted the Minister, other MPs who investigated, and everyone for their prayers. So I would like to add the Minister and those who facilitated his freedom.
It was about 11 years and 5 months, or 4179 days, that A was detained by our government. Throughout this time, his supporters and I have been privileged to know A; he is so incredible to have survived all of this. We have seen his strength of character, and faith in God and the goodness of people through such a trial.