Sudan: Criminal case against religious leaders reopened

By Christian Solidarity Worldwide

CSW has learned that a criminal case against the elected president and senior leaders of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) has been re-opened.

Eight leaders of the SCOC were initially arrested on 23 August 2017 and charged with trespassing on the church headquarters. They were also accused of refusing to hand over administrative control to an unelected church committee led by Mr Angelo Alzaki and appointed by the government.

The case against the leaders was dismissed by the court of first instance on 9 August 2018. In his ruling, the judge commented that the case centred entirely on an administrative dispute which was not criminal in nature. The decision was hailed as a triumph for religious freedom within the criminal courts in Sudan. However the verdict was appealed, and subsequently the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court determined that a new criminal trial should proceed.