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Pastor Hassan and Pastor Kuwa are now free. Here is the story of their imprisonment and release:
In November 2015, Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Rev. Kuwa Shamal attended a Christian conference in Addis Ababa, Ethopia where Rev. Abduraheem was a speaker. During his speech, Rev. Abduraheem showed the audience a picture of a young man who had been badly beaten for attending a demonstration, and explained that he was helping pay for his medical treatment.
The Sudanese government, however, claimed that anyone who provided humanitarian aid to this individual had committed a national security crime.
In December 2015, Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) arrested both pastors on national security charges associated with helping the injured man. Rev. Shamal was conditionally released several weeks later, but throughout his conditional release, he was often required to report to the NISS offices at 8 am and held until midnight. Rev. Shamal was re-arrested in May 2016 and imprisoned in horrible conditions along with Rev. Abduraheem.
They were put on trial because of their Christian faith, all because they provided humanitarian aid to someone in need.
At the beginning of 2017, the Sudanese judge dropped the trumped-up charges against Pastor Kuwa and ordered him to be released to his family. However, the judge announced that the legal proceedings against Pastor Hassan and two other men standing trial with him would continue. Among the laundry list of charges levied against them under Sudan’s Penal Code of 1991 are espionage and agitating hatred between classes, false charges that could carry a death sentence upon conviction.
At the end of January 2017, Pastor Hassan was convicted and received a 12-year sentence on the grounds of espionage, inciting strife between communities, and spreading rumors that undermine respect for the state.
On May 11, 2017, Pastor Hassan received a presidential pardon and was freed from prison.
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