Sudan pastor faces death penalty

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

hands on prison barsA Christian human rights group is concerned that a Sudanese pastor could soon be facing the death penalty. 

In December of last year, the African country of Sudan began a crackdown of church leaders and pastors which included several arrests.  While one pastor was recently released, another pastor, Hassan Abduraheem Taour, remains jailed.

Troy Augustine, regional manager for Africa for International Christian Concern, says the pastor has been transferred to the attorney general's office. 

"Which means that charges should be coming soon," Augustine explains. "But the charges that are likely to come down on Mr. Taour, three of which carry the possibility of the death penalty."

Augustine says they are working on the pastor's behalf.

"We're working on different advocacy efforts to bring this issue to the fore and say that this pastor's incarceration is unjust, and for him to face charges that seem to be trumped up is unjust," he says.

Augustine says they do have some hope though because in past similar situations, Sudan has responded positively to international pressure.

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