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Christian arrested after praying with friends and family in Sudan

by Alex Collett

A Sudanese Christian man is facing fraud charges after praying with friends and family.

Abdalla Haroun was arrested in Al-Hasahisa in Sudan's Gezira State last month.

Mr Haroun had been praying with friends and family, including his mother who regained her sight following the prayers. 

Wahabi extremists living in the area are said to have seen the healing prayer and built a criminal case against him.

He was then charged and bailed later, before another case was registered against him at the Abu Ushab police station.

He was then bailed for a second time. 

Sarah - whose identity remains anonymous for security reasons - from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) told Premier after information from his lawyers, they believe he should not have faced these charges to begin with: "To us and to his lawyers, these allegations of fraud are very clearly manufactured. 

"They are designed to deprive him of his liberty, he was in detention for nearly 10 days and also to target him as a Christian who's offering to pray for others. 

"The information that we've received is that he's not asked anyone for any payment and he's not asked for any money. 

"He's not presenting himself to be a doctor, or anything of that kind. He's just simply offering a, what we would say is a very simple act of praying for others."

Sarah said how we can be praying for Mr Haroun: "They are living in a community where there are those around you that are willing to make up criminal cases against yours. fraud charges, is pretty serious. 

"Supporting him is a crime for him and for his family, for his community."

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