Two South Sudanese pastors on trial released, serious charges dropped

JUBA, South Sudan (MS) — Two South Sudanese pastors on trial in Sudan for crimes calling for the death penalty were convicted on lesser counts Aug. 5 and released on time served, sources said.

Yat Michael, 49, was convicted of “inciting hatred,” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, for delivering a message of encouragement to a North Khartoum church in Dec. 2014 in the face of a government-aided take-over of the congregation’s property. Peter Yein Reith, 36, was convicted of “breaching public peace” following his Jan. 11 arrest for submitting a letter from leaders of their denomination inquiring about the whereabouts of Michael.

Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services, the organization that arrested the pastors, is said to be composed of hard-line Islamists.

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