Rev. Hassan Abduraheem, 49, who serves as Secretary-General of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC), was detained on Dec. 18, 2015, in Khartoum, Sudan. He is one of four men currently on trial on at least seven charges, some of which carry the potential death penalty or life imprisonment.
Rev. Abduraheem and the other men are accused of breaking several sections of Sudanís criminal code: conspiring against the state, espionage against the country, entering and photographing military areas and works, calling for opposition to public authority by use of violence, provoking hatred against or amongst sects, and publishing false news. In addition, they also face charges of immigrating in illegal ways and conducting voluntary jobs without permission from the authorities under Sudanís immigration and passport laws.
In November 2015, Rev. Abduraheem, Rev. Kuwa Shamal and Czech national Petr Jasek attended a conference for Christian leaders where Rev. Abduraheem was a presenter. While speaking on his work as a church leader in Sudan, Rev. Abduraheem showed a picture of a young man from Darfur who had been badly injured during a demonstration. Mr. Jasek later met with the injured man in Khartoum and donated money toward the manís medical treatment. As Mr. Jasek left Sudan, he was searched by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), who discovered a receipt for the donation to the injured man. They then confiscated his personal belongings, including his mobile phone, laptop and camera.
Nine days after arresting Mr. Jasek, NISS officers arrested Rev. Abduraheem, who had signed the receipt, and Rev. Shamal. Charges were officially filed in August 2016. At least three court dates have been delayed because a translator failed to appear in court.
Rev. Abduraheem is originally from the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan. The NISS claims that the donation by Mr. Jasek was actually financial support for rebel movements in the South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur regions of Sudan.
Rev. Abduraheem is reportedly suffering from duodenal ulcers. His lawyer also complained that the prison meals were poor in quality, leading to further physical challenges. Please pray for Rev. Abduraheemís health and that these men will receive a just verdict and immediate release so they can be reunited with their families. Click on WRITE LETTER above to write a letter of encouragement to Rev. Abduraheem. Mail your letter in care of the Sudan Embassy in Washington, D.C., to let Sudanís government know that Christians around the world are aware of his case and are concerned for these falsely accused men.