Magazine article The Christian Century

Two Pastors in Sudan Face Death Penalty

Magazine article The Christian Century

Two Pastors in Sudan Face Death Penalty

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Two Christian pastors have been jailed and face a possible death sentence in Sudan.

Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith, both ministers in the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, have been charged with undermining the constitutional system and spying, offenses punishable by death or life imprisonment. The clerics are charged with waging a war against the state and assaulting religious belief.

"We know they have been arrested, but we don't know where they are being detained," said Kori Romla Koru, general secretary of the Sudan Council of Churches. "We are trying to find them."

Yat, 49, was arrested last year at the end of the service at Bahri Evangelical Church in Khartoum, according to Presbyterian News Service and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a charity that works on behalf of persecuted Christians.

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The congregation had resisted the takeover of the church by a Muslim businessman, who had demolished part of the worship center. In December, police beat and arrested 38 Christians for worshiping in the church. …

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