Arrêté en décembre 2014 par les services de sécurité soudanais après un prêche dans une église, le pasteur Yat Michael originaire du Soudan du Sud et membre de l’Eglise évangélique presbytérienne du Soudan du Sud, tout comme son collègue Peter Yein arrêté en janvier 2015, risquent tous deux la peine capitale. Leur procès reprend à partir du 31 mai 2015.
Les raisons de ces arrestations restent floues, et interviennent dans un contexte tendu de destruction d’églises par les autorités soudanaises. Accusés notamment d’atteinte au système constitutionnel et de guerre contre l’Etat, le procès de ces deux pasteurs, ajourné, reprendra le 31 mai 2015.
Provenance : All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, 19/05/2015
PASTORS COULD FACE DEATH PENALTY IN KHARTOUM
Two South Sudanese pastors being held in Omdurman prison in Khartoum could face the death sentence when their trial continues today, reports World Watch Monitor.
After the start of the trial of Yat Michael and Peter Yein on 19 May, the judge ordered a 12-day recess. It is reported that the judge set 31 May for the resumption of the trial.
On 31 May the trial was adjourned until June 15 to give prosecutors more time to try building a case, a defence attorney said.
In February it was reported that Yat Michael and Peter Yen (also named as David Yein Reith in some reports) were held in unknown locations after being arrested during a visit to Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, from their homes in South Sudan.
On 4 May they were charged with a series of offences, two of which – undermining the constitutional system and waging war against the state – carry the possibility of the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Michael was taken into custody on 21 December after preaching that morning at the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) Khartoum Bahri congregation. After the service several men who identified themselves as officers from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) demanded that Michael go with them, and took him away without further explanation.
The next day the security forces went to Michael’s temporary home and took some of his clothes and personal belongings. They informed his wife that he was being held in relation to an ongoing investigation but did not reveal any further details (article complet sur ce lien).
Source : Observatoire Pharos