International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a new bipartisan letter from the US House of Representatives was sent today to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, requesting that he raise the issue of Christian churches being targeted in Sudan with the Sudanese government.
Last December, two evangelical pastors from the Church of Christ in Sudan were taken from their churches and thrown into jail. Last month, the Rev. Abdulraheem Kodi and the Rev. Kuwa Shamal Abu Zumam were charged with numerous offenses, including waging war against the state, espionage and undermining Sudan’s constitutional system.
A pastor could face the death penalty after his attorney told International Christian Concern that the Sudanese government is planning to charge him with espionage and other crimes against the state.
Last month, an appeals judge overturned the decision to fine a Sudanese Christian for indecency in court where she was appearing on a similar charge of public indecency.
Two South Sudanese pastors falsely accused of waging war against neighboring Sudan and who were released from prison last week have now lost an appeal to have their travel ban lifted.
Sudanese Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were both acquitted Wednesday by a court in Khartoum after serving months in prison on charges that included espionage and waging war against the state.
A judge in Sudan ruled yesterday that there was enough evidence to charge two South Sudanese pastors with crimes that carry the death penalty.
Two Christian pastors from South Sudan who traveled north to Sudan and were arrested on charges of spying could face the death penalty when their trial begins next week, according to their attorneys.