Ibrahim Re-Arrested

Ugh. Before she could get out of the country, Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested by the Sudanese government:

A mother who was freed from death row for refusing to renounce Christianity has been re-arrested just one day later while trying to leave Sudan, her lawyer told NBC News on Tuesday. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was “very happy” after an appeals court on Monday overturned a death sentence imposed because she married a Christian man and allegedly turned her back on Islam. But lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed said a group of 50 security force personnel arrested her and family members during an angry confrontation at Khartoum’s airport on Tuesday.

I was afraid this might happen, or that an angry mob would kill them. They need to get them the hell out of there. Especially with barbarians like this:

On Tuesday, a man who says he is Ibrahim’s brother, Al-Samani Al-Hadi, slammed the appellate court’s decision and talked of vengeance.

“The family is unconvinced by the court’s decision. We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us,” said Al-Hadi. “The law has failed to uphold our rights.

“This is now an issue of honor. The Christians have tarnished our honor, and we will know how to avenge it.”

You think you have the right to kill your sister for being a different religion and you think you’re honorable, you fascist fuckhead?

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  • matty1

    What can be done? At least before there was hope of lobbying the Sudan government and courts to release her but now she seems to be caught by a power struggle within the security forces and the ones who captured her are not the ones who will listen to international pressure.

    This is seriously depressing.

  • colnago80

    Sounds like a job for the Navy Seals.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Sounds like a job for the Navy Seals.

    As horrifying as this whole story is, that’s a precedent that shouldn’t be set.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Maybe we can convince them that the worst possible punishment is exile.

  • colnago80

    Re #3

    There is precedent for such an operation. Consider the Entebbe raid of 1976.

  • lldayo

    As horrifying as this whole story is, that’s a precedent that shouldn’t be set.

    They should be renamed the Navy Manatees. Maybe other countries will see it as less threatening.

  • Nick Gotts

    matty1@1,

    It’s quite possible they will be released: the faction detaining them may be content with having made its point, or may be pressured by other factions. Keeping the issue in the news is probably the best thing that can be done; colnago80’s idiot suggestion would quite likely lead to massacres of Christians, but I suspect that wouldn’t actually bother him.

  • Pen

    Aren’t they now holding a US citizen captive, namely her husband? Doesn’t that count for something?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    It’s a tedious litany, and it doesn’t get better with repetition. Death to people who draw cartoons of Muhammad. Death to insufficiently pious novelists. Death to makers of offensive films. Death to apostates. Death to uppity women. Well, I’m wishing devoutly for the death of Islam–not by violence, not by the killing of a single person–but rather by the gradual spread of compassion–something inconsistent with far too much of Islam. And to the extent that they’re inconsistent, Islam has to go .

  • carbonfox

    Fundamentalist strains of Islam insist on female incompetence, such that in court, the testimony of four women equals that of one man. Women’s “rights” are subsumed completely by their male relatives. With this in mind, how can they prosecute women for apostasy at all? It’s obvious that the women don’t know any better, and being weak of heart and mind, have been misled by bad men. Therefore, men should be held accountable for “their” women’s crimes, the same as a dog’s owner being held accountable when the dog bites somebody.

    Of course, nobody should be prosecuted for merely subscribing to a religion, and women are not any more incompetent than men. But it’s always worth pointing out pointing out the inconsistencies in fundamentalists’ beliefs and practices.

  • colnago80

    Re Pen @ #8

    According to pantywaists like Gotts, it doesn’t.

  • Nick Gotts

    Aren’t they now holding a US citizen captive, namely her husband? Doesn’t that count for something?

    Yes, it will increase pressure on the Sudanese authorities to release them. Latest news is that they have been re-released, but are not yet out of Sudan:

    “They were temporarily detained for several hours over questions related to their documents,” Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the US state department, told journalists.

    Sudan’s government had assured the US that Mrs Ibrahim and her family were safe, Ms Harf added.

    She said the US is working with Sudan to ensure their safe passage out of the country.

    Of course, there are bloodthirsty fuckwits who would much rather they and many others got killed in a military operation than that they reach safety, as is only too obvious on this thread.

  • dhall

    According to the BBC, she, along with her husband and children, have been released again:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27998881

  • sabrekgb

    “‘We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us,’ said Al-Hadi. ‘The law has failed to uphold our rights.'”

    They missed the last part of that quote:

    “…but not killing her for us and then not telling us they were going to release her so we could be on hand to do it for them.”*

    *Not a real quote. I think.

  • Artor

    @Colnago80 #11

    “According to pantywaists like Gotts…”

    Seriously? You’re going there with gendered insults & all, huh? With all due respect, (none) fuck right off.

  • colnago80

    Re Artor @ #15

    Yawn.

  • colnago80

    The latest news is that she’s still in Sudan. Thus far, the “government” there is apparently under pressure from a militia outfit not to let her leave the country. What does Gotts propose to do if the “government” there absolutely refuses to release her and threatens to carry out the execution, ignoring pressure from the State Department?

  • cmv

    “Therefore, men should be held accountable for “their” women’s crimes, the same as a dog’s owner being held accountable when the dog bites somebody. ”

    Actually, I think that is the basic argument behind honour killings. Also not a precedent we want set.

  • freehand

    So “pantywaists” are people who hesitate sending in other folks to violent confrontations. Huh.

    .

    Here’s a real pantywaist:

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/colorado-teen-escapes-stabbing-kidnapper-24105908

    .

    The ten-year old mentioned in the article, also.