Critical Update on Sudanese Pastors: Pastor Kuwa Released; Pastor Hassan Still Faces Possible Death Sentence | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

Critical Update on Sudanese Pastors

By ACLJ.org1483473705576

Monday was a critical day in the trial of two Sudanese Christian pastors who face possible death sentences because of their Christian faith.

After the prosecution rested its case last week, the judge was poised to announce whether or not he would drop the trumped-up charges against Pastor Kuwa Shamal and Pastor Hassan Abduraheem or whether the trial would proceed.  At the end of the hearing yesterday, one pastor was freed and the other was left in prison to continue to the next phase of the trial where he will defend himself against dire charges that could result in the death penalty.

During the proceedings, the Sudanese judge first announced that he was dropping all charges against Pastor Kuwa and he was to be released to his family.  Pastor Kuwa has been held at the hands of Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) since last December, so his release is an answer to many prayers and the result of diligent legal work on the ground in Sudan.

But the news for Pastor Hassan was not as hopeful.  The judge announced that he would proceed with charges against Pastor Hassan and two other men standing trial with him.  Among the laundry list of charges levied against them are espionage and agitating hatred between classes, false charges that could carry a death sentence upon conviction. 

The Sudanese defense team for Pastor Hassan must now put on proof of his innocence at the next hearing on Monday. 

Both pastors were originally arrested on false charges brought against them by Islamic security forces in December 2015.  The men attended a Christian conference in Addis Ababa, Ethopia in November 2015 and the charges against them stem from their financial aid to an injured young man who was also attending the conference.  The men were simply living out their Christian faith by helping a young man in need of medical attention, but the Sudanese security forces falsely claim that their charity masked a sinister agenda to support rebel forces.

While Pastor Kuwa’s freedom is a reason for celebration, there is much work yet to do. Prayers and advocacy are needed more than ever before as Pastor Hassan and the other two men on trial face horrible circumstances as the trial enters the next phase.

The ACLJ will continue working with sources on the ground in the region as we continue our international legal advocacy for freedom and justice for Pastor Hassan.

Free Christian Pastor Hassan in Sudan

Persecuted Church  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

As we aggressively fight for pastors and other persecuted Christians, we need your support. Make the difference. Chip in $5 or more today. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.

Pastor John Cao Has Now Been Imprisoned in China for Four Years

By Olivia Summers1614956340000

Anniversaries should be the celebrations of good things in life, marking milestones and happy moments, like weddings. But they are not always. March 5, 2021, marks the four-year anniversary of Christian Pastor John Cao’s unjust imprisonment in China – yet another whole year in which he has been...

read more

Release of Muslim Attacker of Paralyzed Pakistani Christian Appealed

By Shaheryar Gill1614871690164

We reported about two months ago that a trial court in Pakistan had convicted two Muslim men for attempted murder after they shot a Christian man over a minor argument. Our European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) affiliate in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), represents Waqar...

read more

Targeted Attacks Against Christians in Democratic Republic of Congo

By Jordan Sekulow1614610740000

The horror for Christians in Africa continues to increase, as they are being targeted for extermination by Islamic radicals. If the world does not take action to stop it NOW, it will soon be too late. We’ve told you how we’ve been working at the United Nations and the U.S. State Department to urge...

read more

Pakistani Court Effectively Ends Blasphemy Case for Christian Client

By Shaheryar Gill1613659980000

In an important victory in Pakistan, a trial court has freed an innocent Christian man in a blasphemy case. It’s a case where our European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) affiliate in Pakistan, as we’ve previously told you , has been representing a Christian man who was falsely accused of...

read more