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ICC Note:

The call to release the three Sudanese pastors and a Szcech aid worker Christian Solidarity Worldwide comes exactly one year since they have been in prison.   Christians Communities world wide have been trying to advocate for the four men in a country where only Islam religion is encouraged to thrive and Christians are constantly persecuted for living out their faith. 

In October, Bishop Andudu Elnail, who is the chairman of the Committee for Religious Freedom and Citizenship Rights (CRFCR), called for the immediate release of the men saying he men were “unlawfully arrested by the agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)”.

12/11/2016 Sudan  (Premier) – CSW has called for the release of Rev Hassan Abduraheem, Rev Kuwa Shamal, Petr Jašek and Abdumonem Abdumawla who were arrested in December 2015 and have been in detention since May 2016.

The case against the men centres on the provision of finances for the medical treatment of a young man from Darfur who was injured in a demonstration in 2013.

Jašek, who is a Czech national, travelled to Khartoum in December 2015 to meet the young man and donated almost £4,000 toward his treatment.

Rev Abduraheem, Rev Kuwa Shamal and Mr Abdumawla, had helped to arrange the visit.

The four men are charged with seven crimes including espionage and waging war against the state.

The state claim the £4,000 contribution was not for medical treatment but to fund rebel fighting.

If the group are found guilty, they could receive the death penalty.

CSW have claimed that since his arrest, Jašek has had limited contact with his family and legal representative while Rev Abduraheem was not permitted visits from family members until May 2016.

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