Freed Pastors Arrive Home from Sudan after Ordeal of False Charges, Travel Ban

NISS had prevented them from leaving country.

The Rev. Yat Michael (L) and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith (R) after church service in Hai Jebel in Juba. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Two South Sudanese pastors arrived home in Juba from Khartoum, Sudan today after an eight-month ordeal of imprisonment, fabricated charges of capital crimes and a ban on leaving the country. The Rev. Peter Yein Reith and the Rev. Yat Michael were acquitted of the crimes calling for the death […]

Sudan Bans Freed South Sudanese Pastors from Leaving Country

NISS said to be behind orders preventing them from boarding plane.

The Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yen Reith during trial. (ACLJ)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Two South Sudanese pastors released on Wednesday (Aug. 5) after about eight months in jail have been banned from leaving the country, according to one of the attorneys who defended them against crimes calling for the death penalty. The Rev. Peter Yein Reith and the Rev. Michael Yat were […]

Two South Sudanese Pastors on Trial in Sudan Released; Serious Charges Dropped

Church leaders convicted of lesser charges.

The Rev. Peter Yein Reith. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Two South Sudanese pastors on trial in Sudan for crimes calling for the death penalty were convicted on lesser counts today and released on time served, sources said. The Rev. Yat Michael, 49, was convicted under Article 69 of “disturbing public peace,” a defense attorney said, for delivering a […]

Attorneys for South Sudanese Pastors Facing Execution Make Final Appeal for Justice

Charges stem from ‘political’ motives, source says.

The Rev. David Yein Reith. (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Attorneys for two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty made their closing arguments on Thursday (July 23) before a judge who appears to favor the prosecution, sources said. Defense lawyers concluded their case at Khartoum Bahri Court with the assertion that agents from the National Intelligence and Security […]

Two Young Christian Women in Sudan Fined for ‘Indecent’ Dress

Remaining eight await verdict.

Ferdoos Eltoum, 19, charged wtih indecent dress by islamist police. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Two of 10 young Christian women charged with wearing indecent clothing in North Khartoum, Sudan were fined 500 Sudanese pounds (US$85) on Wednesday (July 15), a Christian leader said. Ferdoos Eltoum, 19, and 18-year-old Rehab Omer Kalkom were arrested on June 25 along with 10 other women; two of […]

Judge in Sudan Rules Two Pastors Can Be Charged with Crimes Punishable by Death

Light evidence presented to back heavy charges.

The Rev. Yat Michael. (Institute on Religion & Democracy)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A judge in Sudan ruled yesterday that there was enough evidence to charge two South Sudanese pastors with crimes punishable by death. The charges, including espionage and promoting hatred among or against sects, were formed months after authorities arrested the Rev. Yat Michael in December 2014 and the Rev. Peter […]

No New Evidence against Two South Sudanese Pastors in Sudan, Relatives Say

Church leaders put in separate, high-security cells.

The Rev. Yat Michael. (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Prosecutors produced no new evidence today in the trial of two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty on charges of undermining the Sudanese constitution, sources said. At a hearing in Khartoum in the trial of the Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith, the same two […]

Scant Evidence Produced against Two South Sudanese Pastors in Sudan, Lawyer Says

Trial in case calling for death penalty to continue June 15.

The Rev. Daud Fadul (center) and the Rev. Faruk Angelo (left) at Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church vigil

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A court hearing yesterday in Khartoum for two South Sudanese pastors facing the death penalty was extended to today, then adjourned until June 15 to give prosecutors more time to try building a case, a defense attorney said. Prosecutors need more time to search for evidence in the trial […]

Sudan’s Aerial Bombing Kills 3-Year-Old Girl, Wounds Mother in Nuba Mountains

Two others injured, church compound damaged.

Sudanese Air Force bomber. (Nuba Reports)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Sudanese Air Force bomb on Monday (May 25) killed a 3-year-old girl and wounded her Christian mother at their home in Kauda, South Kordofan state, sources said. In the latest civilian death in nearly 3,500 government bombings of civilian targets since April 2012, Kaka Abdu Kuku Tiral died […]

South Sudanese Church Leaders Jailed in Sudan Charged, Could Face Death Penalty

Pastor says he is trusting God will intervene on their behalf.

The Rev. Peter Yein Reith. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under laws that call for the death penalty, their attorney said. National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officials have charged the Rev. Yat Michael and the Rev. Peter Yein Reith (also transliterated as Peter Yen Reith) with undermining the constitutional system […]