Sudanese Christian Pastor Faces Possible Death Sentence
In December of 2015, Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) arrested two pastors for allegedly trying to help a young man attending their a Christian conference. The charge? Conspiring to support a rebel organization.
Now over a year later, one pastor has been released, another is still in holding awaiting the continuation of his trial in Sudan.
The ACLJ reports, "Both pastors were originally arrested on false charges brought against them by Islamic security forces in December 2015. The men attended a Christian conference in November 2015 and the charges against them stem from their financial aid to an injured young man who was also attending the conference. The men were simply living out their Christian faith by helping a young man in need of medical attention, but the Sudanese security forces falsely claim that their charity masked a sinister agenda to support rebel forces."
The pastors Pastor Kuwa Shamal and Pastor Hassan Abduraheem have been held in custody since 2015 but good news came on Monday when Pastor Kuwa was released on all charges. However Pastor Hassan is facing criminal charges that if convicted could lead to the death penalty for him.
According to the ACLJ, "The judge announced that he would proceed with charges against Pastor Hassan and two other men standing trial with him. Among the laundry list of charges levied against them are espionage and agitating hatred between classes, false charges that could carry a death sentence upon conviction."