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ICC Note: Not only did four Christians get charged recently in Sudan, but another 36 are soon to appear in court. All of these cases are related to an incident in April 2017, when police and a mob attacked church property to illegally seize it for a Muslim business man. Despite claims that Sudan is becoming religiously free, these cases show the government’s true nature and intent.

04/20/2018 Sudan (World Watch Monitor) – New charges have been brought against four members of one of the country’s major Protestant denominations. Thirty-six others will appear in court next week on unspecified charges; five others have been acquitted.

Azhari Tambra, Mina Mata, George Adem and Kodi Abdulraheem were charged on 11 April with “causing physical harm to police and supporters of a Muslim businessman” when police and an armed mob attacked the Church’s premises, which includes houses and offices as well as the school, in April 2017. Their next hearing is due to take place on Monday, 23 April.

The charges are the latest development in a long-standing dispute between the Bahri Evangelical Church, which belongs to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), and a committee linked to the government, which wants to sell off the land on which the Church’s compound is situated.

The conflict began in 2013, when the Ministry of Guidance and Endowments authorised and charged an illegally convened land and buildings committee with the administration of the SPEC’s property.

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