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 […]

Pastor in South Sudan Jailed, Lashed after Radical Muslims Threaten Him

Convert from Islam, native of West Darfur, was planting church.

Thatched huts in Aweil, South Sudan. (Kebreker at German-language Wikipedia)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Sudanese pastor in South Sudan was jailed and tortured for more than three months after Islamists who tried to kill him accused him of being a spy, sources said. Adam Haron, a 37-year-old convert from Islam and a native of West Darfur, Sudan, said Muslim extremists called him on […]

Sudan Helps Muslim Investors Take Over Last Piece of Church Land

Months of harassment culminate in deprivation of congregation’s ministry property.

Sudan Police arrive at Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church in North Khartoum on a previous raid on Nov. 24, 2014. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The Sudanese government today helped Muslim investors take over the remaining property of Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church in Khartoum North, church leaders said. Riot police on two trucks arrived at the church property at noon and assisted in the seizure of the land by force. “Over the past year […]

Sudanese Air Force Bomb Kills Pregnant Christian Mother in Nuba Mountains, Sudan

In Khartoum, another Christian-owned building confiscated.

Fellowship of Christian University Students facility confiscated by government. (Morning Star News)

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Sudan’s bombing of a civilian area in the Nuba Mountains on Friday (Feb. 6) killed a Christian woman who was nine months pregnant, a relative said. Naheed Saeed Komi, a 25-year-old mother of a 3-year-old boy, was walking from her home in Tangali village, Dalami County in South Kordofan […]

Sudan Arrests Another South Sudanese Pastor

Second church leader in less than three weeks held without charges.

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

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – The second pastor of South Sudanese descent in less than three weeks has been arrested without charges in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, sources said. Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) arrested the Rev. Peter Yein Reith of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church on Jan. 11 as he […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2014

For once, good news – miraculous righting of horrific injustice in Sudan – tops list.

Meriam Ibrahim with family after her release on June 23. (Shareif ali Shareif)

(Morning Star News) – In a year that saw a new level of cruelty unleashed upon Christians and other religious minorities across Syria, Iraq and Africa, one once obscure case of injustice in Sudan turned into a titanic battle that gripped the world’s attention. The battle appeared to be spiritual as much as legal. 1 – […]