Authorities detain 13 Christians during confinement. The inhumane torture left one in critical condition. The confined Christians were later released by the authorities. Earlier this month, Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services arrested 12 Christians over charges of sharing the Gospel with local Muslims.
These 12 Christians were arrested in Darfur, along with a church leader Tajaldin Idriss Yousif. Morning Star News revealed that Tajaldin Idriss Yousif was released a day after the release of rest of the Christian detainees.
“All of them were said to be tortured by NISS and are in bad shape,” Morning Star News quoted a source. “One of them is said to be in critical condition owing to torture. He is said to have been vomiting and bleeding. He was rushed to a hospital, but he was not attended to by the physicians in that hospital.”
The authorities had arrested these Christians for interacting with Muslims. International Christian Concern (ICC) quoted local church leader Reverend Kuwa Shamal saying: “The arrests were done at Nyala market while the young men were interacting with Islam adherents, building rapport for witnessing, when Sudan’s security authorities surrounded them and led them to the police station, handcuffed.”
“Some of the arrested men are disciples that I baptized in 2015 when they left Islam and converted to Christianity. The detainees have been doing a recommendable work of sharing the Good News in Darfur, and we pray for their immediate and unconditional release,” Rev. Kuwa added.
After being arrested these Christians were subjected to interrogation for two weeks in jail. The authorities did not present them before the court, as the law requires. Most of those detained were congregants of Tajaldin Idriss Yousif’s church.
A local lawyer who advocates for Christians says that the case against Christian detainees is a complete breach of the law. The detainees were never a chance to explain what happened.