Human Rights Watcher for Lao Religious Freedom has called on the Laotian government to accept responsibility for the death of a Christian man, who was reportedly denied access to his diabetes medication during nine months in prison.

Tiang Kwentianthong, 61, died on 20 Sept., six months after his release from serving a sentence for “violation of medical law”. His crime? Praying for the healing of an elderly woman, who was dying.

Four other Christians served prison sentences alongside him. They are still awaiting the verdict of their appeals.

Kwentianthong leaves behind a wife and six children.