A Czech Christian has joined three other believers in the dock in Khartoum facing a possible death sentence.
Sudanese officials accuse Petr Jašek and three Sudanese men of funding rebel movements in areas such as South Kordofan and Darfur. In fact, all they have done is show compassion for a student from Darfur who was badly burnt during a demonstration.
Please pray for Petr, and those on trial with him: pastors Hassan Abduraheem and Kuwa Shamal, and Abdulmonem Abdumawla.
The four men are accused of at least seven crimes, including ‘waging war against the state’ and spying, charges for which the maximum sentence is the death penalty.
Pastor Hassan highlighted the student’s plight at an international conference of Christian leaders last November. A month later, Petr travelled to Khartoum to give the student $5,000 towards his medical costs, at a meeting organised by Pastor Hassan and Abdulmonem.
Security agents searching Petr’s bags at Khartoum Airport found the receipt for his donation, signed by Hassan and Abdulmonem. Petr was detained on the spot: the other two men were arrested nine days later, along with Pastor Kuwa.
The allegation of rebel sympathies seems to be based on the fact that the two pastors are from the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan. Pastor Kuwa has apparently been targeted because of his friendship with Hassan.
- Please pray for the swift acquittal of all four men on trial. Take action by signing an online petition demanding their release.
- Pray for the healing of the injured student.
- Pray for believers in Sudan who are increasingly under pressure from a regime that appears determined to rid the country of Christianity.
(Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Our Iranian sister Maryam is back behind bars, three weeks after she was allowed home for medical treatment. We’re sad to report that Maryam Naghash Zargaran was returned to Tehran’s Evin Prison on Saturday. Maryam reportedly felt unable to comply with the conditions of her medical parole, which led to its cancellation. Friends say that she did not receive adequate treatment for her health issues. Pray for her complete healing and immediate release. (Source: Middle East Concern)