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Sudan: Pastor Kuwa released!

03 January 2017

Pastor Kuwa released!

Pastor Kuwa Shamal has been released!

In a hearing on 2 January the judge ruled that there was not enough evidence against him. Thank you for your prayers for him and for speaking out on his behalf.

However, in the same hearing charges against Pastor Hassan Kodi, Czech aid worker Petr Jasek and student Abdulmonen Abdulmawla were confirmed, and their trial will continue.

Please pray:

  • Praise God for the release of Kuwa. Pray for healing for him as he recovers from his time in prison.
  • For strength and comfort for Hassan, Abdulmonem and Petr
  • For a fair judicial process, and that Hassan, Abdulmonem and Petr will be released soon
  • That church leaders and other Christians will know the Lord's peace in the face of increasing pressure against churches in Sudan.


UPDATE - Witnesses called at pastors' trial

14 December 2016

The trial of Sudanese pastors Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Kuwa Shamal, along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla, a Darfuri student, and Petr Jasek, a Czech Christian aid worker, continued on 12 December.

Two witnesses gave testimonies and were questioned by the prosecutor and defence lawyers. The first was a Darfurian man who suffered burns, a central figure in the case. The detainees were trying to help this man with his medical treatment, and they are accused of promoting his case to defame the government. The lawyers believe the Darfurian man's testimony has been of significant benefit for the defendants.

The second witness was an officer of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

The next hearing is due to take place on 19 December, when the complainant will call more witnesses. The majority of witnesses are Sudanese church leaders who were temporarily detained by the NISS in the course of their investigations in this case. Some of them had their passports confiscated.

Source: Middle East Concern

Please pray:

  • For the Lord to encourage and comfort Hassan, Kuwa, Abdulmonem and Petr and their families
  • For a fair judicial process, and that the men will be acquitted of all charges
  • For wisdom for their legal team.

UPDATE - Pastors' trial continues

09 December 2016

The trial of Sudanese pastors Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Kuwa Shamal, along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla, a Darfuri student, and Petr Jasek, a Czech Christian aid worker, continued on 5 December.

The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) presented evidence against the men. Much of it was focused around a consultation arranged for Sudanese church leaders in Addis Ababa in 2015. NISS claims the consultation was used for intelligence sharing around false claims that Sudan violates human rights, specifically religious freedom violations. The judge apparently demanded more 'neutral witnesses', which NISS committed to bring during the next hearing on 12 December.

Please pray:

  • For the Lord to encourage and comfort Hassan, Kuwa, Abdulmonem and Petr and their families
  • For a fair judicial process, and that the men will be acquitted of all charges
  • For wisdom for their legal team.


UPDATE - Pastors accused of supporting rebels

22 November 2016

The prosecutor repeated old accusations against Sudanese pastors Hassan Kodi and Kuwa Shamal, as well as against Abdulmonem Abdumawla and Petr Jasek, in court this week.

Sources report the prosecutor again accused Petr Jasek of supporting rebel groups in South Kordofan. The prosecutor also repeated old accusations against Hassan, Kuwa and Abdulmonem of supporting rebels in Darfur. The prosecutor also accused them of reporting bad information about Sudan 'as if the state is against Christians'.

He said Kuwa lied by saying the government has demolished his church. "It was a two and half hour session and very long," reported our source, who remains unnamed for security reasons. "The prosecutor has nothing new. It was just a repetition of what has already been said in previous sessions. They didn't have any evidence to support their accusations."

It is hoped the lawyers will be given an opportunity to respond during the next hearing, which will be on 28 November.

Please pray:

  • For the Lord to encourage and comfort Hassan, Kuwa, Abdulmonem and Petr and their families
  • For a fair judicial process, and that the men will be acquitted of all charges
  • For wisdom for their legal team as they prepare to respond to these accusations.



UPDATE - Sudanese pastors' trial continues as prosecutor asks for more time

16 November 2016

On Monday 14 November 2016, the hearing of Pastors Hassan and Kuwa Shamal, along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla and Petr Jasek, continued in Khartoum.

The prosecutor reportedly has no additional evidence to present and he asked the judge for more time to bring more witnesses in the case. The judge gave him until the next hearing scheduled for Monday, 21 November 2016.

Please pray that as the prosecutor tries to build a stronger case against the men, the proceedings will not be dragged out unnecessarily. This ordeal has already been going on for almost one year.


UPDATE - Lawyers of Sudanese pastors begin defence

09 November 2016

Sudanese pastors Hassan Kodi and Kuwa Shamal, along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla and Petr Jasek, appeared again in court on 7 November where their lawyers began their defence.

"Observers are cautiously optimistic about the process thus far," a source, who remains unnamed for security reasons, explains, "but ask that we continue to pray for the Lord's undertaking for the lawyers, and for His grace to the men and their families as they continue to face uncertainty."

The next hearing is scheduled for Monday, 14 November.

Please pray:

  • That the men would know the Lord's presence with them
  • That their lawyers would be given the right words to say as they defend the men
  • That God will continue to provide for all of the physical and spiritual needs of the men and their families during this time of uncertainty.

UPDATE - Sudan pastors in court

18 October 2016

Sudanese pastors Hassan Kodi and Kuwa Shamal, along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla and Petr Jasek, appeared in court again yesterday (17 October).

A source, who remains unnamed for security reasons, says: "During the last court appearance they postponed the case for three weeks to translate some document to help the court, and today the translator said he had finished and the court started from the beginning."

The source further reports that a large number of Christians gathered inside and outside the court. "The men are all in good spirits and encouraged by the large Christian presence. They are aware of the prayers of Christians around the world for them and are very thankful."

It is not clear when their next appearance will be, but we will provide an update as soon as we find out.

Please pray:

  • Thank the Lord with us for his sustaining grace to the men
  • That God will use their testimony to expand His Kingdom in Sudan
  • That God will continue to provide for all of the physical and spiritual needs of the men and their families
  • For continued wisdom for the lawyers.

UPDATE - Imprisoned pastors suffering from 'health issues'

11 October 2016

Local sources have told Open Doors that imprisoned church leaders Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Kuwa Shamal are suffering from health issues. The two pastors are among the group of four Christians accused of crimes against the state.

"On 9 October, Hassan visited the doctor in Khartoum where he received medication. He contracted flu and still continues to suffer from stomach problems. Kuwa is also reported to struggle with his stomach," reported the source, who is unnamed for security reasons.

"But they remain strong in the spirit," the source concluded.

They are scheduled to appear in court again on 17 October. Please continue to pray for a just outcome to their case.

Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Kuwa Shamal, both Sudan Church of Christ pastors, originally from the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, and Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla, a Darfuri student, are accused by the government of conducting intelligence activities and providing material support for rebels in Sudan's South Kordofan region. There is also a fourth defendant in the case, a Czech Christian aid worker named Petr Jasek.

  • Find out more about their case.
  • Speak up on their behalf If you would like to do more on behalf of Hassan, Kuwa and Abdulmonem, please email advocacy@opendoorsuk.org and we will provide you with more information.

Please pray:

  • For the Lord to encourage them in the midst of difficult circumstances
  • For a fair judicial process, and that the Christians will be acquitted of all charges
  • Thank the Lord for sustaining the faith of the pastors. Pray that officials will be convicted by their testimonies and seek salvation in Christ.

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