The two Christian pastors who have been jailed in Sudan continue to await the outcome of their trial. If convicted, they could face the death penalty, but at least one group remains hopeful that won't be the case.
Christian advocacy groups contend that Reverends Yat Michael and Peter Yen are on trial for their faith, while the Sudan government has charged the two with undermining the Sudanese constitution.
The good news, according to Troy Augustine with International Christian Concern (ICC), is that no new evidence has been presented against them.
"It just keeps being proven true that every time they appear in court, the evidence presented against these pastors is scant at best to prove any of these allegations that they've been spying or anything like that," Augustine reports.
Even so, the two remain in jail.
"Most everyone who has been involved around this case has been pretty concerned since the start that Sudan would actually bring a conviction and would actually bring a death penalty for them, whether it was legitimate or not," the ICC spokesman notes. "But we're hoping and we're confident that the Sudanese government may be responsive to international pressure."
Augustine hopes that Sudan will appeal to reason, rationality and compassion and free the men.