Christian pastors facing the death sentence in Sudan after being jailed for ‘espionage’ by the country’s Islamist government
- Pastors Yat Michael Rout and Peter Yein Reith face death penalty
- Charged with espionage and ‘undermining the constitution’ of Sudan
- Supporters claim they had criticised government treatment of Christians
Facing death: Pastors Peter Yein Reith, pictured, and Yat Michael Ruot are facing the death penalty
Two pastors in Sudan are facing possible death sentences after criticizing the Islamist government’s treatment of Christians, according to reports.
Pastors Yat Michael Rout and Peter Yein Reith have been held in a prison in Khartoum since December and January respectively, and are facing charges of espionage and ‘undermining the constitution’.
Supporters of the two Presbyterian pastors, both from South Sudan, say the accusations are baseless and are part of a long-running attempt by the government to ‘stamp out Christianity’.
Yat Michael Ruot was arrested in December after allegedly condemning the sale of church land in Khartoum and expressing concern about the treatment of Christians in Sudan.
Peter Yein Reith was arrested a few weeks later after inquiring about Pastor Ruot in a letter he sent to the Religious Affairs Office in Khartoum, supporters say/
The pastors have been charged jointly with acts of criminal conspiracy, undermining the constitutional system, espionage, disclosure and receipt of official information or documents, promoting hatred amongst sect, breach of public peace and offences relating to insulting religious beliefs.
Two of the six charges, undermining the constitutional system and espionage, carry the death penalty or life imprisonment in the event of a guilty verdict