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Baroness Cox has received written answer from the Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding her question concerning the arrest of two Christian pastors from South Sudan:
Baroness Cox, Crossbench
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about the arrest of two Christian pastors from South Sudan.
Baroness Anelay of St Johns, Conservative
Our Ambassador in Khartoum raised the cases of Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Reith with the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March. In addition, officials at our Embassy in Khartoum are in close contact with the legal team working on behalf of the two pastors and are co-ordinating with other Embassies in Khartoum to ensure the international community is represented at the ongoing legal proceedings.
Update: A decision on whether they will face trial is expected in a hearing TODAY. The Pastors have been accused of crimes against the state, with two of the crimes carrying the death penalty.
“The defence lawyer believes the judge will make this ruling at the next hearing due on 25th June and, although there is not really any evidence against the pastors, the lawyer expects that the judge will allow the case to proceed to trial.” – Middle East Concern
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