Mary Anna (28 Jan 2012)
"Christians Persecuted In Sudan"

HARTOUM, SUDAN (Worthy News)­ Last week, sources told Compass News that Sudanese Police beat and arrested a church leader in Khartoum.

Evangelist James Kat of the Evangelical Church of Sudan was arrested Jan. 17; officers beat Kat as they took him to a North Division police station where he was released on bail later that day.

Kat's arrest came amid increasing harassment of Christians following last year's secession of South Sudan.

In a letter to the Sudanese Presbyterian Evangelical Church leaders, Sudan's Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments threatened to arrest pastors if they were caught evangelizing, or if they failed to provide it with their names and contact information.

"We have all legal rights to take them to court," wrote Hamid Yousif Adam, undersecretary of the Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowment.