ICC Note: Two Christian pastors from South Sudan are facing trial in Sudan for crimes against the state and spying. Yat Michael and Peter Yein have demonstrated a biblical perspective to their suffering and trials. Let’s remember to pray for these brothers being persecuted and who could face the death penalty. Please continue to speak out for their immediate release! Their trial is set to continue June 15.
6/5/15 Khartoum, Sudan (World Watch Monitor) – After several false starts, the trial of two South Sudanese pastors, Yat Michael, 49, and Peter Yen, 37, who stand accused of crimes against the state of Sudan and could face the death penalty, has been rescheduled again to 15 June. The court is then due to hear testimony from the complainant, Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).
The reason given for further delay was that the prosecutors in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, need more time to build their case. According to the defense team, the judge indicated that it will take at least 10 days to reach a decision. Both men belong to the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church.
At a previous hearing on 31 May an investigator representing the NISS, Mohammed Khair Ibrahim, told the court about material he said was found on the defendants’ computers, including a series of reports, maps and an advanced course on dealing with the psychological aspects of investigation belonging to the NISS.