Sudanese Authorities Hold Two Christian Pastors

March 2, 2016 by Janelle P in Africa

Sudanese authorities continue to hold two Christian pastors they arrested in December in an unknown location without official charges filed against them. A third pastor is required to report to authorities daily for questioning.

National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Telahoon Nogosi Kassa Rata (also known as Telal), a leader of the Fellowship of University Christian Students and a leader of Khartoum North Evangelical Church on December 13. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour, vice moderator of the Sudan Church of Christ was arrested on December 18.

Pastor Rata’s family was allowed to visit him only once at Kober prison on December 18. However, all attempts by lawyers, families and colleagues to see the two Christians have been fruitless. Sources report that three letters from Pastor Taour’s lawyer to the Sudanese Human Rights Council for help in gaining access to his client have gone unanswered.

Pastor Kuwa Shamal, also of the Sudan Church of Christ, was arrested on December 18, but released three days later. He was told to report daily to the NISS. Though the requirement was cancelled on January 16, he was again told the last week of February to report to their offices daily.

Local Christians fear that both men may be ill-treated. Pastor Hassan suffers from ulcers that might be exasperated by his current circumstances.

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