Christians in Sudan request prayer for four Christian men who are imprisoned and standing trial on several charges – some of which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment. The men are: Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour (pictured right); Rev. Kuwa Shamal Abazmam Kurri (pictured left); Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla; and Petr Jašek (a Czech national).
Court hearings were postponed on Monday 24th October and Monday 31st October. When lawyers and the prosecutor went to court for the hearings they were told that the judge allocated to the case was out of the country. At a hearing on Thursday 3rd November the prosecutor finished his presentation to the court. According to observers, the prosecutor did not present any new evidence.
At a hearing on Monday 7th November defence lawyers cross-examined the prosecutor’s investigator and refuted evidence which he had presented. The most recent hearing took place on Monday 14th November, when the prosecutor responded to the cross-examination by the defence lawyers.
The next hearing is scheduled for Monday 21st November.
The four imprisoned Christians are able to receive visits from family members and their lawyers. However, Petr Jašek has been denied access to consular assistance.
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Christians in Sudan request prayer:
a. that the four imprisoned Christians will know the Lord’s strength and comfort during their ordeal
b. for a fair judicial process – without any further delays – resulting in the acquittal of the four men
c. for the families of the four men
d. that church leaders and other Christians will know the Lord’s peace in the face of increasing pressure against churches in Sudan
e. that all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him