Pastor Hassan on Trial for His Life for Aiding Injured Man

This is the second post in a series on Stories of Reckless Faith.

Here’s a quick summary of Pastor Hassan’s situation with some resources for response.

Update as of 5/13

Fabulous new news from Sudan! I was concerned that Pastor Hassan and his companion Mr. Abdumawla had been forgotten after Petr Jasek was freed. But with a renewed international advocacy campaign, they have now been freed too! They received a presidential pardon on May 11. Praise God for the answered prayer!

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Pastor Hassan’s Story

Sudanese Pastor Hassan

Pastor Hassan’s trial on trumped-up espionage charges continues on Monday, Jan 8. He could face execution or life in prison.

Pastor Hassan Abduraheem, 49, served as Pastor and Secretary General for the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC). He spoke at an international conference for Christian leaders in Sudan in November 2015. His presentation touched on the injuries sustained by a student during a demonstration in Darfur. Petr Jasek, a Czechoslovakian Christian aid worker who attended the conference, volunteered to help fund the young man’s medical care. Pastor Hassan facilitated a meeting and between Mr. Jasek and the young man in Khartoum and gave Mr. Jasek a receipt for his financial support.

Mr. Jasek was arrested when he tried to leave the country and has been in prison ever since—for an act of mercy toward an injured man. Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service claims that Mr. Jasek’s donation was in reality support for rebel militias in the war zone in South Sudan. Jasek, Pastor Hassan, and two other SCOC pastors (Reverend Shamal and Mr. Abdumawla) were imprisoned and charged last August with a number of false charges including waging war against the state and espionage—charges that could bring the death penalty.

Reverend Shumal was released last week after a judge concluded the case against him was baseless. But the trial against the other three continues on Monday, January 8, when the defense teams will present evidence for their innocence. Please pray for these three men!

The men have been detained illegally for months in cramped and unsanitary conditions. Reverend Hassan suffers from duodenal ulcers. Poor prison conditions and lack of medical attention have reportedly worsened his condition.

Many Sudanese Christians have faced persecution, including Pastors Michael and Peter and Meriam Ibraheem.  World Watch Monitor, a persecution watch group, has expressed that these cases are “representative of a much larger campaign by Sudan to eradicate Christianity.” Sudan is eighth on the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of countries where Christians face “extreme” persecution—Open Doors’ worst rating. Church buildings have been bombed and bulldozed. The International Criminal Court has also indicted the country’s president, Omar al-Bashir, for genocide and other charges.

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22 Comments

  1. Ronel Pfister says:

    Please release these innocent people. They are not guilty. You are doing wrong to these people.. They deserve to be released. We begg you for mercy!

    • Thank you for your prayers and kind words, Ronel! I’ve been watching for an update and just found one. Pastor Hassan’s defense will present their closing arguments on Monday, January 16. A verdict is expected on Monday, January 23. Please continue in prayer!
      In Christ, Linda

    • Hi, Ronel! I thought I would let you know that, sadly, I just found an update on Pastor Hassan in Sudan. He and a Sudanese man on trial with him WERE sentenced to 12 years in prison for their humanitarian work. Petr Jasek received a life sentence. Their defense now has just a few days to appeal. We know that God has a plan for good in this. Thank you for continuing in prayer for these men!

  2. Ronel Pfister says:

    Sudanese Pastor to be released and the three others!

  3. Nikita says:

    Please don’t Punish people who’s intentions were only pure

    • Thank you so very much for your prayers and kind words, Nikita! I’ve been watching for an update and just found one. Pastor Hassan’s defense will present their closing arguments on Monday, January 16. A verdict is expected on Monday, January 23. Please continue in prayer!
      In Christ, Linda

    • Hi, Nikita! I thought I’d let you know that,sadly, I just found an update on Pastor Hassan in Sudan. He and a Sudanese man on trial with him WERE sentenced to 12 years in prison for their humanitarian work. Petr Jasek received a life sentence. Their defense now has just a few days to appeal. We know that God has a plan for good in this. Thank you for continuing in prayer for these men!

  4. melo says:

    That is a very sad story. One thing is very certain about the God we are saving . He will never allow His children to be tormented. God is in control

    • God is absolutely in control! I pray that Pastor Hassan is able to take comfort in that knowledge. I’ve been watching for an update on his situation and just found one. Pastor Hassan’s defense will present their closing arguments on Monday, January 16. A verdict is expected on Monday, January 23. Please continue in prayer!
      In Christ, Linda

    • Hi! I thought I’d let you know that sadly, I just found an update on Pastor Hassan in Sudan. He and a Sudanese man on trial with him WERE sentenced to 12 years in prison for their humanitarian work. Petr Jasek received a life sentence. Their defense now has just a few days to appeal. We know that God has a plan for good in this. Thank you for continuing in prayer for these men!

  5. Bablofil says:

    Thanks, great article.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read and pray!

    • I thought I’d let you know that, sadly, I just found an update on Pastor Hassan in Sudan. He and a Sudanese man on trial with him WERE sentenced to 12 years in prison for their humanitarian work. Petr Jasek received a life sentence. Their defense now has just a few days to appeal. We know that God has a plan for good in this. Thank you for continuing in prayer for these men!

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  9. Shannan says:

    Nearly half of the nation’s population of 22 million has been displaced making an attempt
    to flee the violence, thousands and thousands of them compelled to flee into neighboring nations.

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