Sudan church leader interrogated after refusing to hand property to state

Oct 5, 2017 by

from World Watch Monitor.

Sudanese police have detained and questioned eight church leaders in the last six weeks in what observers fear is an ongoing campaign by the government to seize control of the country’s churches.

Local sources told World Watch Monitor that officials arrested Mahjoub Abotrin, a senior leader within the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC), from his home in Omdurman, near the capital, Khartoum, on 22 September. He was interrogated before he was released, and at the time of publication it is not clear whether he has been charged with any offence. World Watch Monitor understands that he was arrested because he refused to hand over leadership of the Sudanese denomination to government-appointed officials.Several denominations in Sudan are fighting efforts by the Sudanese government to take control of their affairs, as state-appointed committees try to oust church-appointed leadership.

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