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The five Sudanese pastors that were arrested and released on October 22 in Sudan, were required to go to court on October 26. Once they arrived, they were told that their case had been postponed until October 31. This seems to be one of the tactics that the regime in Khartoum uses to abuse Christians and disrupt their lives. They arrest Christians and their leaders and then make them check in at police stations and courts on a daily basis for weeks, months or even years. This makes it hard for the Christians to hold jobs, support themselves and continue to fight the legal system.

 

2017-11-02 Sudan (WorldWatchMonitor) Five Sudanese Christians arrested, but later released, last Sunday (22 October) have now been charged with causing sound pollution through overly loud church services.

The five church leaders – Ayouba Telyan, Abdelbagi Tutu, Ali El Hakim, Ambarator Hamad and Haibil Ibrahim – were summoned to court yesterday morning (26 October), but immediately told their hearing was to be postponed until next Tuesday (31 October).

“The continued violation of religious, media, and political freedoms is another proof that the lifting of the US sanctions was only a means of granting an umbrella for the regime to continue its oppression” [said] Former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi.

On Monday (23 October), the chairman of Sudan’s main opposition National Umma Party, Sadiq al-Mahdi, said their arrests were “an attack on religious freedoms that may lead to a sectarian strife in the country”. A former Sudanese Prime Minister, he returned to Sudan from Egypt in January, vowing to “to stop war, achieve peace and set up democracy and restitution of rights” and to “work to fight Islamic extremist groups and revive moderate Islam”.

“The continued violation of religious, media, and political freedoms is another proof that the lifting of the US sanctions was only a means of granting an umbrella for the regime to continue its oppression [of the people] in all its forms,” he said on 23 October. “[We call on] all political forces, unions, civil society and pressure groups to condemn this brutal attack against our Christian brethren.”

Christians wonder whether the easing of sanctions will prompt the Sudanese government to be more open to finally releasing a consignment of Bibles held in Port Sudan for at least two years. A senior church leader told World Watch Monitor yesterday (26 October) the Bible Society has not had Bibles to distribute in Sudan since around 2013.

 

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