Christian in Algeria Sentenced to Prison for Cartoons on Facebook

Term reduced to one year, but attorney plans to appeal to Supreme Court.

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria (Morning Star News) – A judge in Algeria has reduced from five years to one year a prison sentence for a Christian convicted of offending Islam with cartoons on his Facebook page. Samir Chamek, a 33-year-old theater actor in Algeria’s northern area of Wilaya de Bouira, had been sentenced to five years and […]

Sudan Acquits Pastor in Trial of Christians Charged with Capital Crimes

Three others remain in jail.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A court in Khartoum, Sudan today released a pastor from prison after acquitting him of charges punishable by the death penalty, sources said. The Rev. Kwa (also transliterated Kuwa) Shamaal, head of Missions of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC), was acquitted of charges ranging from spying to inciting hatred […]

Sudan Officials Ignore Order to Remove Government-Imposed Church Leaders

Offices have been closed for more than three years.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – After more than three years, the leadership of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) remains in the hands of government-appointed committee members even after a court ruled in November that the appointments were illegal, sources said. Sudan’s Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowment appointed a group to run the SPEC […]

Sudan Delaying Case against Pastors to Avoid Releasing Them, Sources Say

Evidence remains flimsy, attorney says.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Officials in Sudan are delaying a verdict in the trial of two pastors and two others because evidence is insufficient for conviction and they do not want to release them, sources told Morning Star News. The Rev. Kwa (also transliterated Kuwa) Shamaal, head of Missions of the Sudanese Church of […]

Life of Christian Imprisoned in Algeria for Blasphemy in Danger, Family Fears

Health deteriorating; Muslim inmates threaten to attack him.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The daughter of an Algerian Christian sentenced to three years in prison on a charge of blaspheming Islam fears for his life, religious freedom advocates said. Muslim prisoners reportedly planned to beat Slimane Bouhafs, 49, for defending his faith, and his health has faltered due to lack of medical care, […]

Christian School Closed in Sudan Ordered to Re-Open

Muslim appointed by government to school relinquishes control.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A judge in eastern Sudan today ordered a Christian school that government officials had taken over to resume classes under the prior Christian administration, according to the headmaster. The Appeal Court for Administrative Affairs in Madani, Al Jazirah state, thus cancelled an order by the Madani commissioner calling for […]

Christian School in Sudan Closed Down after Police, Civilians Seize Property

Al Jazirah state to run institution.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The future education of more than 1,000 pupils was unclear after authorities closed down a Christian school in eastern Sudan last week, sources said. Civilians who bused in from Khartoum and elsewhere aided armed police in taking over the Evangelical Basic School in Madani, Al Jazirah state on Oct. […]

Church Buildings in Khartoum, Sudan at Risk of Demolition

Authorities continue crack-down on minority Christians.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A congregation of mainly ethnic Nuba and South Sudanese nationals are fearful that authorities in Sudan could demolish their building at any time, a church member said. Officials from Khartoum state’s Ministry of Planning and Urban Development on Sept. 29 notified leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan (PCOS), […]

Authorities in Sudan Arrest More Christians in Takeover of School

Two pastors, seven others detained for four days.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Two pastors and seven other Christians in Sudan were detained for four days last week after trying to stop a group of civilians and police from taking over their school, according to one of the arrested pastors. Local police on Oct. 6 arrested the Rev. Samuel Suliman, headmaster of […]

Arrest of Christian Workers in Sudan Serves Islamist Regime as Warning to Others

International community takes note of repressive measures.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Christian workers imprisoned under charges related to tarnishing Sudan’s image are innocent, but their arrests serve the Sudanese government as a warning to others against criticizing the Islamist regime, sources said. Foreign diplomats and international rights activists have taken notice of the case since Morning Star News in December […]