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Sudan frees one pastor, a second is kept behind bars

Tue 03 Jan 2017
By Alex Williams

One of two pastors in Sudan accused of crimes against the state has been freed while a judge has upheld the charges against a second.

Rev Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri (pictured above, left) faced the death penalty or life imprisonment if he had been found guilty, however, a court has concluded there is no evidence to proceed in his trial.

Fellow church leader, Rev Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour (pictured above, right) - along with two other men - has, however, had his charges confirmed and still faces the death penalty if found guilty.

 

The pair, along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla and Czech national Petr Jasek, were arrested in December 2015.

Abdumawla and Jazek have also had their charges of committing crimes against the state confirmed by a judge on Monday, to the disappointment of Christian campaign group Middle East Concern.

Clockwise from top-left: Rev Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jasek, Rev Kuwa Shamal, Abdumonem Abdumawla

 

The Christian organisation had previously branded the accusations levelled against the four men as "spurious" and had demanded that they all be released.

Speaking with Premier ahead of Monday's court hearing, Miles Windsor from Middle East Concern gave an update on the condition of the four men. 

He said: "Obviously, it's frustrating and painful to have to spend another Christian in prison in Sudan but my understanding is that they're doing OK."

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