DARFUR STATE, Sudan — Four Sudanese Christians were arrested in June and charged with apostasy under a law repealed in 2020.
Bader el Dean Haroon Abdel Jabaar and his brother Mohammad Haroon Abdel Jabaar, along with Tariq Adam Abdalla and Morthada Ismail, were arrested June 28 in Darfur state. They were released on bail July 5, Morning Star News reported.
The four Christian converts from Islam were arrested under Sudan’s Article 126 concerning apostasy, sources said.
They also had been arrested June 22 and released the same day.
The four are in hiding, having reportedly refused to follow a police order to leave the area. They also apparently are targets of Muslim extremists calling for their death.
Sudan’s transitional government that came to power in 2019 decriminalized apostasy in July 2020, which had carried a penalty of death.
Some now fear that a military coup in October 2021 could result in reinstating harsh laws, Morning Star News reported.
Sudan is No. 13 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.