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Sudanese Pastors Face Death for Proselytizing

05-27-2015

Two pastors from South Sudan could be facing death sentences for sharing their Christian faith in neighboring Sudan.

The Presbyterian pastors, Yat Michael and Peter Yen (also known as David Yein Reith), were arrested and imprisoned during separate visits to Khartoum. They have been on trial since May 19.

They've been charged with "inciting organized groups" and "offending Islamic beliefs," as well as undermining the constitution and espionage, which carry the death sentence or life in prison.

Michael was arrested in December after delivering a sermon at a church in Sudan. Yen was arrested in January while inquiring about Michael's arrest.

Their next court date is May 31.

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