Authorities in Khartoum, Sudan Arrest Another Church Leader

ICC Note: Sudanese authorities continue to crackdown on Christians, rounding up pastors for arrest and questioning. Intelligence officials detained Pastor Ayoub Tilian before releasing him on March 21, requiring him to report each day for interrogation.

Sudan also holds Abdulrahim Tawor and Telal Nogossi incommunicado and without charge. International Christian Concern (ICC) calls on all interested readers to sign our petition demanding the pastors’ immediate release.

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Khartoum, Sudan(Morning Star News) – Authorities in Sudan are requiring a church leader in the Khartoum area to report to security officials daily until midnight after arresting and releasing him on Monday (March 21), sources said.

Pastor Ayoub Tilian, moderator of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) was arrested at his office in Omdurman, across the River Nile from Khartoum, and was taken to an unknown location.

Later on Monday he was released but ordered to go to offices of Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) for interrogation. NISS agents, upset about a recent conference of church leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,questioned him about whether statements were made at the gathering that the Sudanese government was persecuting Christians, sources said.

NISS, said to be staffed by hard-line Islamists, had also required another SCOC leader, the Rev. Kwa Shamaal, to report daily and questioned him about the same conference. He was arrested on Dec. 18 and released on Dec. 21 but had been required to report daily to a NISS office, where he was held from 8 a.m. until midnight. That requirement was removed on Jan. 16….

Pray for their release!

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