The accuser to the five Church leaders arrested in Sudan on October 22, failed to show up to court for at least the second time. He was supposed to appear last month, but when he failed to show, they postponed the date to November 21. Now that he has not shown up to several court hearings, the case should be fully dismissed and the pastors should no longer be harassed. However, this may not be the case. As of now it is not clear if they are going to continue to interrupt these leaders’ lives due to the false charges that have been brought against them. Sudan is a known Human Rights’ violator, especially when it comes to dealing with Christians.
2017-11-23 Sudan (MorningStarNews) The police officer who accused five church leaders of refusing an order to stop worship services in Sudan again failed to show up at a hearing on Tuesday (Nov. 21), casting further doubt on the legitimacy of the charges, sources said.
The officer who arrested the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) leaders after a worship service in Omdurman on Oct. 22 and held them for eight hours, has failed to show up at hearings since Oct. 30, a source who requested anonymity told Morning Star News.
“The case could be cancelled because the accuser has decided not to attend the hearings since last month,” the source said. “The five church leaders were accused of public disturbance, but the accusers were nowhere to be found.”
The Rev. Ayoub Tiliyan, SCOC moderator; the Rev. Ali Haakim Al Aam, pastor-in-charge of the block 29 congregation; and pastor Ambrator Hammad, along with evangelist Habill Ibrahim and elder Abdul Bagi Tutu, a member of the SCOC presbytery, were arrested for non-compliance with a supposed government order to cease worship at the site in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum.
Police entered the SCOC-Harat church compound in the Hai Al Thawra West area of Omdurman and ordered the closure of the church, a move the five church leaders have strongly opposed.
The leaders were informed that the Sudanese Ministry of Guidance and Endowments has appointed a new administration for the SCOC that would determine who can worship at which church and when, according to advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC).
The harassment came after police in Sudan detained and questioned another church leader in Omdurman in September and, in August, seven other church leaders were arrested, interrogated and released on bail. Elder Mahjoub Abotrin of the SCOC was arrested from his home in Omdurman on Sept. 22 and was interrogated before he was released. Sources said he was arrested because of his refusal to hand over SCOC leadership to government-appointed leadership.