Persecution Update: Two Pastors Face Prosecution in Sudan

Sudan remains one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian. Once again, two pastors face prosecution there on false charges.

Sudan frees one pastor, plans to prosecute two others 

Just weeks after releasing one pastor, Sudanese officials may prosecute two others for crimes that could carry the death penalty. One of the pastors has been detained illegally without charges since December. Officials rearrested another on May 24.

According to Middle East Concern, Sudanese Intelligence officials (NISS) arrested Pastor Kuwa Shamal of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCC) again this month. Officials first arrested Shamal and two other pastors in December. They detained him then for three days before releasing him. He still hasn’t been formally charged.

NISS also arrested Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour in December. He was imprisoned and denied family or legal visits until late May. His attorney, Mohaned Mustafa, told International Christian Concern (ICC) that despite a lack of official charges, he expects the government will try Taour for espionage and crimes against the state.

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