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Priests sentenced after clash with Khartoum police

July 12 - 2016 KHARTOUM NORTH
Church members protest against the demolition of the Evangelical church in Khartoum North in 2014 (file photo)
Church members protest against the demolition of the Evangelical church in Khartoum North in 2014 (file photo)

The Bahri Criminal Court in Khartoum sentenced 14 people, including several priests of the Bahri Evangelical Church, to paying a fine for clashing with police that tried to vacate their church last Thursday.

The Criminal Court issued the sentence after hearing the charges on Sunday. The suspects are charged with public nuisance, breaching public safety, and obstructing the police. Each of them has to pay SDG300 ($49).

The incident on Thursday started when an investor, who constructed an investment in the church, arrived at the premises accompanied by police. The police continued to vacating the church, which the Christians present in the building refused.

A clash followed, and the police arrested 19 of the people in the Evangelical Church for their refusal to cooperate.

A source from the Evangelical Church told Radio Dabanga that the police also has detained a number of priests, elders, and students from inside an Evangelical church in Khartoum North.

“They are attempting to sell it to investors... After using violence and insults against the priests and the students, they detained 19 of them before later releasing five of them. 14 are still in detention.”


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'Religious discrimination in Sudan creates space for extremism': SDFG (16 March 2016)


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