Meriam Ibrahim Freed by Sudanese Appeals Court

In a huge victory for human rights, Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian women in the Sudan that was sentenced to death for apostasy, has been released from prison after an appeals court overturned her conviction on those hideous charges. Now she has to get the hell out of that country.

According to the official state news agency in Sudan, a court has ordered 27-year-old Meriam Yahya Ibrahim be freed after her case sparked outrage around the world.

Ms Ibrahim’s Christian American husband Daniel Wani was notified earlier this month that the appeals court in Sudan was deliberating the case, though the government had previously promised she would be released.

Sudan’s SUNA news agency said today: “The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya and the cancellation of the (previous) court ruling.”…

Her lawyer, Mohaned Mostafa said that Ms Ibrahim had been sent “to an unknown house to stay at for her protection and security”.

“Her family has been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her,” he told Reuters. Another one of her lawyers, Eman Abdul-Rahim, told The Associated Press that Ms Ibrahim had left prison and was with her husband and two small children.

Let’s hope that this family can get out of that country and to the United States, where they will be safe. I certainly hope the US embassy has been in contact and are working to make that happen. All too often, mobs of angry Muslims have responded violently to such situations.

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  • Trebuchet

    Let’s hope that this family can get out of that country and to the United States, where they will be safe.

    I think I’d rather see her in Europe, where she’ll be safe from American Christians. They’ll want to either use her or abuse her.

  • richardelguru

    The Beeb says she’s been arrested again!

  • Alverant

    What makes you think she’ll be safe in the US? Wasn’t there a case in AZ or NM about a family of Iraqi christians who was mistaken for being muslim and attacked. They had their home invaded, citizenship papers torn up, and threatened. I’m with Trebuchet, they’d be attacked or used in the US.

  • richardelguru

    It does seem that worrying about which Western country she’d be safest in is somewhat premature.

  • Trebuchet

    Apparently her husband is a US citizen, so that’s why they’d be coming here, assuming they manage to get out. I didn’t know that when I posted.

  • karmacat

    I read one article that said she is a US citizen. She will not be perfectly safe in the US, but it is a whole lot safer than Sudan

  • matty1

    Let’s focus on getting her re-released and on a plane out of Sudan first. She will not be completely safe anywhere given the existence of bigots of all sorts but at least in Europe or America she can expect not to be executed.

    I am not convinced by the way that she would be at less risk from racist idiots in Europe than in the US. We have plenty of people who think brown=muslim=terrorist and at least in America her husbands citizenship should help shield her from some petty immigration official deciding to try and send her back.

    I’m not sure quite how American Christians would use her, beyond citing the case as an example of Muslim barbarism, which they hardly need her physical presence for.

  • Mobius

    Now she has to get the hell out of that country.

    That was exactly my thought upon reading the title and before reading the text. GMTA