Sudanese Pastors Acquitted, Released

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Friday, August 7, 2015

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - Sudanese Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were both acquitted Wednesday by a court in Khartoum after serving months in prison on charges that included espionage and waging war against the state.

According to International Christian Concern, both pastors had faced flogging, life imprisonment or even the death penalty if convicted of the charges.

Michael and Reith were detained without charge for months by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services. But now, both are grateful for all who had prayed for their freedom.

"We are very happy now we are free because of your prayers," Reith told the American Center for Law and Justice. "Thank you for all that you have done for us. God heard your prayers and we are free!"

Last month, defense attorney Mohaned Mustafa told ICC that the arrests of Michael and Reith were motivated by their pastoral work.

"They are missionaries. This is not a crime in Sudan, but this is not acceptable to the government."

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  1. Update from 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 acquitted of the capital crimes but convicted of lesser charges, and they were released on the time they had served. The attorney clarified that Reith was convicted under Article 65 of “establishing or participating in a criminal organization” (not breaching the peace as previously reported), while Yat was convicted under Article 69 of “disturbing public peace” (not inciting hatred as previously reported).

    "The two pastors were preparing to board a plane with their families on Thursday (Aug. 6) when Khartoum International Airport authorities stopped them. The attorney said Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) ordered the ban when they were initially detained – Yat on Dec. 14 and Reith on Jan. 11 – and gave the orders to the airport personnel...."

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