Two South Sudanese pastors, Pastor Yat (49) and Pastor Reith (36), were detained in Khartoum by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on 14 December 2014 and 11 January 2015 respectively. They have been charged with a range of criminal offences. These include crimes against the State which are punishable by death, a life sentence or lesser detention and confiscation of property.
A court hearing took place on 19 May from 10am to 3pm local time.
A representative from the NISS was present and the prosecutor began to make his case. The prosecutor did not finish and will continue to present his evidence at the next hearing. Afterwards the defence lawyer will have an opportunity to present his case. The defence lawyer believes there is no real evidence against the two pastors for any of the charges. He also believes that the sole reason for the court case is the two pastors’ exercise of their Christian faith.
The next hearing is scheduled for 31 May 2015.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Pray that Yat, Reith and their families will know the Lord’s peace, provision and protection.
- Pray for the upcoming hearing, that justice will prevail and all charges will be dropped.
- Pray that church leaders across Sudan will know the Lord’s guiding wisdom in the face of the continuing pressures against them.