A Christian pastor in Sudan is less than two weeks away from a court decision that could end up sentencing him to death, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, whose petition to save the pastor’s life has been signed by over 112,000 people.
Pastor Hassan Abduraheem has been charged along with two other men by the Sudanese government with espionage and agitating hatred between classes, and is being held in al-Huda Prison in Omdurman.
Last week, Pastor Kuwa Shamal was released on the same charges after authorities found no evidence against him, and the conservative law group is arguing that Abduraheem also deserves his freedom.
Abduraheem’s attorneys have reportedly finished laying out his defense, and a decision by a judge is expected on Jan. 23.
The ACLJ has stepped up its campaign to free the pastor by sending a letter to Sudan’s Minister of Justice, Awad Al-Hassan Al-Noor.
“Rev. Abduraheem has been detained for over a year as the result of an act of kindness he bestowed on a young boy in need of medical attention. In November 2015, Rev. Abduraheem, along with Rev. Kuwa Shamal, attended a Christian conference in Sudan where Rev. Abduraheem was a speaker,” the letter said, focusing on the details behind the case.
“During his speech, Rev. Abduraheem showed the audience a picture of a young man who had been badly beaten for attending a demonstration, and explained that he was helping pay for his medical treatment,” it added.
“In December 2015, Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service arrested the pastors on national security charges associated with helping the injured man.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post