By Isaiah Narcisco, The Gospel Herald.
According to a report by Lisa Daftari on Fox News, Presbyterian pastors Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yein Reith, both of South Sudan, are being held on charges of undermining the constitution and espionage; they are currently in the custody of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services. Their supporters argued that the Islamist government in Khartoum is making an example of the pastors as a way to stamp out Christianity.
“I’m fearful that they will execute these pastors for practicing their faith,” David Curry, CEO of Open Doors USA, said.
Daftari reported that the trial has been postponed to May 31. The pastors were also charged with “inciting organized groups” and “offending Islamic beliefs”; both charges would lead to imprisonment if convicted.
“Ruot, who is from Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, was arrested Dec. 21 after he delivered a Sunday sermon in Omdurman, a Sudanese city across the Nile from Khartoum,” Daftari wrote. “Reith, who, like Ruot, is from the Presbyterian Evangelical Church, was arrested Jan. 11 when he was called in by security services and taken into custody.”