(Voice of the Persecuted) Authorities at the Khartoum airport stopped South Sudanese pastors, Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yen Reith from leaving the country after a court had cleared them of spying charges and ordered their release.
After a large campaign and international outcry, the judge convicted them on lesser charges, but cleared them on the others, two of which risked the death penalty. He then released them on the basis that they had already served their sentences in time spent waiting for their trial. Judge Ahmed Ghaboush was quoted as saying, “The sentence they served in prison is enough, release them immediately and return the mobile phones and laptops,”
Reports claim when the pastors went to the airport to travel abroad, they were stopped and told they were banned from travelling. It is it not known how long the travel restrictions will last.
Their attorney’s put in a request to the judge to have the travel ban lifted. But based on the fact that the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) originally levied the travel ban, it is uncertain that the judge will have authority to lift it. Their is a review hearing scheduled for Sunday.
Michael was arrested by the notorious (NISS) agents in December after encouraging his church to be strong. NISS held Yen in January after he sought the whereabouts of Pastor Michael.
South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011, six years after the signing of a peace deal that ended 22 years of bloody civil war. Many now fear false charges and their new battle stems from officials wanting churches to relinquish large tracts of land for the purpose of investments.
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Though they have been released, Pastors Michael and Peter are not completely free. With the latest development in their case, they are still in danger and need your voice again. Please continue to pray and speaking out.
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Voice of the Persecuted Advocate Team and The Save Sudan Pastors Coalition