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A Sudanese Judge has upheld the eviction of two pastors from the church owned homes in Omdurman, Sudan. This ruling continues the long tradition in Sudan of persecuting pastors and churches. In 2017 more than 4 churches have been destroyed in Omdurman, and many pastors have been arrested or harassed for simply trying to live out their faith. The complete disregard for human rights and freedom of religion in Sudan shows how little the government in Sudan cares for such things.

 

2017-12-17 Sudan (MorningStarNews)

An Islamist judge in Sudan upheld the eviction of two pastors from their church-owned homes while 60 other Christians have been summoned to court over their refusal to relinquish property, sources said.

Judge Adam Tahir Haj Adam on Dec. 3 rejected an appeal of the Aug. 15 eviction of the Rev. Yahia Abdelrahim Nalu, Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) moderator, and the Rev. Sidiq Abdalla, a SPEC pastor, from their homes. In what Christians in Sudan believe is a campaign to take over church property, Adam ruled that Muslim businessman Hisham Hamad Al-Neel should take over the houses.

“All appeals presented are rejected, and implantation of court order should continue,” the court order read.

The two pastors and their families remain homeless since police raided their houses on Aug. 15 and evicted them. Pastor Abdalla has two children, ages 8 and 10, and Pastor Nalu has a 1-year-old boy. The SPEC leaders have presented another appeal to the high court, and a ruling is expected before the end of the year.

More than 60 church leaders are facing charges in various courts in Khartoum for refusal to hand over church lands and estates to Al-Neel, sources said. A group of 25 SPEC leaders on Nov. 28 appeared in a court in Omdurman, across the Nile River from Khartoum, after Al-Neel accused them of refusing to hand over church property that he claimed to own, they said..

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