Sudan Frees South Sudanese Pastors After Terrorism Convictions

A Sudanese court convicted two South Sudanese Christian pastors of organizing terrorist organizations and breaching the public peace before freeing them after they served eight months in detention, their lawyer said.

A criminal court in Khartoum, the capital of Islamic Sudan, found Yat Michael and Peter Yen guilty of the charges on Wednesday before ordering their release, Mohannad Mostafa said by phone from the city.

“It saw their eight-month sentence as enough,” he said. The two previously denied the charges and said they were fabricated.

Michael was seized by men identifying themselves as security officers on Dec. 21 during a visit to Khartoum, according to Amnesty International, the London-based advocacy group. Yen, who’d sent a letter to Sudanese authorities inquiring about Michael, was arrested on Jan. 11 after being summoned to a security office, it said.

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