Pastors, scholar face death sentenceFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – TWO Sudanese pastors and a Darfuri student facing death sentences for allegedly waging war against the state and espionage will appear in court on Sunday.
Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Kuwa Shamal, both pastors of the beleaguered Sudan Church of Christ, and student Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla, are accused of seven crimes including “complicity to execute a criminal agreement.”
These carry death sentences. It is alleged the suspects incited protests against plans by Sudan to impose a unified Arab Islamic character over territories still under its government since the independence of the largely Christian South Sudan in 2011.
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.
The pastors are detained at Al-Huda Prison in the capital Khartoum.
The three suspects were arrested in December and been detained without charge since December 18, in contravention of Khartoum’s own law.
Shamal was released, and then re-arrested again without charge on May 24.
According to Sudanese law, 45 days from arrest a detainee should either appear before court or be released.
A lawyer involved in the case said the trio was held in a small room where sometimes up to 25 men were also detained.
“Their diet was poor and their health has suffered.”
Kuwa has reportedly contracted malaria and blood infection.
– CAJ News
Short URL: http://cajnewsafrica.com/?p=14751