After eight months of legal limbo, Sudan has finally accused two pastors of at least seven crimes, some punishable by death if proven.
Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Kuwa Shamal, both pastors of the Sudan Church of Christ, “are accused of complicity to execute a criminal agreement and waging war against the state,” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
The pastors were moved to Al-Huda Prison in Sudan’s Khartoum State on 11 August and appeared in court on 14 August.
The two Christian ministers also face charges of espionage, calling for opposition of the public authority by violence or criminal force, and inciting hatred between classes, CSW added.
Reverend Taour had been detained without charge since 18 December, in contravention of Khartoum’s own law. Meanwhile, Reverend Shamal was detained on the same date, released, and then re-arrested again without charge on 24 May.
Among the host of other crimes the Christians are accused of are “propagation of false news articles, and entry and photography of military areas and equipment.”
The maximum sentence for waging war against the state and espionage is the death penalty.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Pray that these charges will be dropped and the two pastors released.
- Pray that Taour and Shamal will not be afraid of the outcome but will be encouraged in heart and patiently endure this opposition.
- Ask God to use the detainment of these two men to cause the Sudanese church to speak the Gospel more boldly to the lost.