Pastor Kuwa Shamal of the Sudan Church of Christ was re-arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Tuesday 24 May, Middle East Concern reports.
He was first detained on 18 December and held for three days. He was then released but required to report to the NISS on a daily basis. In mid-January this stopped for one month, but in February he was again told he must regularly report to NISS.
His case will be dealt with together with a case against Pastor Hassan Abduraheem Taour and Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla (a believer from a Muslim background from the Darfur area). The latter two are expected to face serious charges including espionage and undermining state security.
Pastor Kuwa is one of several pastors from Sudan who had passports and communications devices confiscated by the NISS and were asked to report regularly to the NISS offices. They are being pressured to testify against the others who are due to be on trial. No date has been set for the trial, but it is expected to take place in the near future.
Source: MEC and Open Doors
- That all of the detained pastors, including Pastor Kuwa, would know the Lord’s strength, comfort and wisdom
- For a fair judicial process, and that charges against them will be dropped
- That other church leaders will know the Lord’s peace in the face of the increasing pressure against them, and that the intimidation and harassment of Christians will cease
- That all those involved in the cases against these pastors would come to know and love Jesus for themselves.