Christians in Sudan are thankful that Rev Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri, the head of the mission office of the Sudan Church of Christ, was released from prison on Monday 2 January.
He is one of four men detained since December 2015 in Khartoum who have been on trial on several charges.
The trial will continue for the three remaining defendants: Rev Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour; Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla; and Petr Jasek (a Czech national).
At a court hearing on 2 January the judge freed Rev Kuwa due to lack of evidence against him, but ruled that the trial will continue against the other three men. Petr Jasek will be tried for charges which include waging war against the state, violating restrictions in military areas, spreading rumours to defame the state, espionage, and inciting strife between communities. The two other defendants will only be tried for the last two of these charges.
The punishment for some of the charges could include the death penalty or life imprisonment.
The next court hearing is due to take place on 9 January, when the lawyers for the three defendants will present their case.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Praise God for the release of Rev Kuwa. Ask the Lord to help him overcome all he has suffered. Pray the Lord will lead and protect him in this new season of ministry.
- Pray the three defendants will know the Lord’s strength and comfort during their ordeal.
- Ask the Lord to grant wisdom to the legal representatives defending these men; pray for a fair judicial process, and that the three men will be acquitted soon.