Sudanese Pastors Facing Possible Death Sentences Because of Christian Faith

071215_ANHQ_Sudan_640Two Christian pastors from South Sudan are facing charges and possible death sentences for speaking out about the persecution of Christians in their country.

Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yein Reith, both Presbyterian pastors, have been imprisoned since December and January, respectively.

They are charged with undermining the constitution and espionage, but their supporters say their arrest and trial is just the latest effort by the militant Islamist government to stamp out Christianity.

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said on “America’s News Headquarters” today that the charges are going forward despite there being absolutely no evidence that the pastors did anything illegal.

“This is a sham trial. They always use the national security threat,” Sekulow said. “In their view, the proclamation of a faith-based message is tantamount to a national security breach.”

Sekulow revealed that the trial is expected to resume Monday or Tuesday, at which time the defense will get a chance to speak.

“It’s like defending Jell-O,” Sekulow said. “There [are] no real charges here. They went on the pastors’ computers. And the evidence they submitted were their sermons, which were basic ministry sermons, nothing about government anything.”

“The fact is [with] these cases, if you don’t get them in the national attention, these two gentlemen, these two pastors, would be facing death. That’s the penalty for this.”

Watch the “America’s News Headquarters” clip above.

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