In a deeply disturbing development, Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for her Christian faith, was arrested at the airport with her American husband and American children just as she was preparing to leave Sudan. Here are the details, from NBC News:
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was “very happy” after an appeals court on Monday overturned a death sentence imposed because she married a Christian man and was alleged to have turned her back on Islam. But lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed said a group of 50 security force personnel arrested her during an angry confrontation at the airport in the capital Khartoum on Tuesday.
Mohammed, who was at the airport with Ibrahim, said the security forces did not give him a reason for her re-arrest, and made no reference to her dropped case even when he identified himself as her lawyer. He said Ibrahim had been taken to a detention center accompanied by her two children and husband Daniel Wani, who insisted on going with her. “I have no more information,” he said. “They knew she had been cleared by the court but they have re-arrested her – I don’t know why.”
Other reports indicate that she was arrested by “national security officials” because of “national security concerns,” and she is beyond the reach of any civilian court.
I’ve written about Meriam here, here, and here (when I thought she was free).
They gave her a chance to save her life — all she had to do was deny her Christian faith.
She wouldn’t do it.
Here’s what made it even worse. Meriam’s husband is an American, which makes her kids American citizens. They also were imprisoned with her. However, the ACLJ has amazing news!!
We are getting credible reports from Sudan, including from her attorney, that Meriam Ibrahim and her American children have been freed from prison. Here’s the latest reporting:
A woman sentenced to death after being accused of converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from prison, according to her lawyer.
The case of Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, triggered an international outcry. She gave birth to a baby daughter, Maya, while in prison.
“Meriam was released just about an hour ago,” Mohanad Mustafa told AFP.
Ms Ibrahim was convicted last month of apostasy and adultery and claimed she had always been a Christian, having been raised by her Ethiopian mother while her Muslim father had left when she was young.
The 27-year-old married Daniel Wani in 2011 and has refused to renounce her faith.
But a court in Khartoum insisted she was a Muslim, and in Sudan such interfaith marriage is forbidden.
She was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and to hang for apostasy.
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