Middle East Concern, along with Christians in Sudan, are asking for continued prayer for four men detained since December 2015 and on trial on several charges, some of which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Three court hearings have taken place since Middle East Concern’s previous prayer request for this case on 13th December. More witnesses were heard at hearings on 19th December, including from two National Intelligence and Security Service [NISS] officers, and on 26th December, from a legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a church leader.
At a hearing on 28th December, the four defendants each gave statements and were questioned by the judge.
The prosecutor and complainant have now finished their case and the judge will decide whether or not to proceed with the trial. If he believes the evidence against the defendants is insufficient, they will be released. However, if the judge rules that there is sufficient evidence, he can still decide to drop some charges or to continue the trial with all the current charges.
He is expected to announce this decision today, Monday 2nd January, 2017.
Christians in Sudan request prayer:
- that the four imprisoned men will know the Lord’s strength and comfort during their ordeal
- that the witnesses will not be subjected to undue pressure and will be able to give their testimonies without any fear
- for a fair judicial process, and that all who are detained will be released soon
- that church leaders and other Christians will know the Lord’s peace in the face of increasing pressure against churches in Sudan
- that all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him
Psalm 146 vs 7 – 8: “The Lord …. who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.“