UPDATE ON THE DETAINED PASTORS

  • -

UPDATE ON THE DETAINED PASTORS

Category : 2016 , Urgent Action

UPDATE ON THE DETAINED PASTORS

Date: 26th May 2015

URGENT ACTION

UPDATE ON THE DETAINED PASTORS

On 18th May 2016 Pastor Hassan Kodi was referred to State Security Prosecution and Telal Ngosi was released on condition to report daily. Both spent five months under detention by National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). They were subjected to ill-treatment and denied family visits. Another pastor Kuwa Abu Zumam’s whereabouts is unknown.

On 18th May 2016 Pastor Hassan Abdelraheem Kodi, 49 years old, the secretary general of Sudanese church of Christ was referred to State Security Prosecution. NISS opened a case (No. 41/2016) against him, under the following articles (50, 51, 53, 55 and 64) of Sudanese Criminal Act 1991. The mentioned charges are part of crimes against the state (including treason). Most of these charges lead to death sentence. Since Kodi was arrested on 18th December 2015, he was denied family visits or contact with his lawyers. It was after five months (18th May 2016) that his family members were allowed to meet him at state Security Prosecution office.

On 18th May 2016 pastor Telal Ngosi, 44 years old, was released on condition that he reports to NISS office daily.

The whereabouts of pastor/ Kuwa Shamal Abu Zumam, 45 years old, is unknown and his family is concerned. He has been reporting to NISS offices on a daily basis since he was released on 21st December 2015.

All the three pastors were interrogated by NISS while in detention for attending Christian conference in Addis Ababa.

HUDO urges

  • The Sudanese judicial authority to unconditionally declare Pastor Abu Zumam’s whereabouts
  • The human rights lawyers in Sudan to defend the pastors’ case and ensure a fair trial.
  • The embassies in Khartoum to press on Sudan government to ensure that the human rights are observed.
  • The international community and NGOs to observe and offer support to pastors’ lawyers in order to ensure fair trials.

 

More Information

Since December 2015, more than seven pastors and Christian religious leaders were arrested by NISS accusing them of attending a religious conference in Addis Ababa. The following pastors were released on condition to report daily;

  • Philemon Hassan
  • Ayoub Telian
  • Yagoub Omer
  • Benjamin Kounda Breima
  • Yamani

Download PDF file From here Update on the detained Pastors


%d bloggers like this: