World Watch Monitor | Oct. 17, 2018
Sudanese security officials arrested 13 Christians in the western region of Darfur on Saturday, 13 October.
The Christians were taken from a home they share in the city of Nyala, southwest Darfur, by officials belonging to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) but it is not clear on what charges, a local source told World Watch Monitor. Three of them have since been released without an explanation, the source said.
Sudanese laws allow NISS to hold people in detention for up to four and a half months before they have to either charge or release them.
Meanwhile a church in Omdurman, near the capital Khartoum, has been told to hand over ownership of its properties to a state-appointed committee.
The government and the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) have been in a long-standing dispute over ownership of the denomination’s properties, after the Ministry of Religious Affairs set up a rival land and buildings committee and charged it with the administration of SCOC’s property.