A day after being freed from a death sentence for daring not to be Muslim, Meriam Ibrahim was rearrested by the government of Sudan as she attempted to leave the country. Details are now emerging on why that happened and it’s even more absurd than you might imagine.
Sudan has summoned the ambassadors of United States and South Sudan following the renewed detention of Meriam Ibrahim who was trying to fly to American with her family after being released from death row, the Sudanese security service has said.
Ibrahim was freed on Monday after an appeals court cancelled the death sentence imposed for apostasy after Khartoum came under what it called unprecedented international pressure.
She was detained again on Tuesday for trying to use documents issued by the embassy of South Sudan to fly out of Khartoum with her American-South Sudanese husband and their two children – deepening the diplomatic wrangle over her case.
Sudan does not recognise her as a South Sudanese citizen because, despite lifting her sentence, it does not recognise her marriage to a Christian, something not allowed under the Islamic laws applied in Sudan, where most people are Sunni Muslims…“The airport passport police arrested Abrar after she presented emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa,” Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services said on its Facebook page, referring to Ibrahim by her Muslim name.
“The Sudanese authorities considered [the action)] a criminal violation, and the foreign ministry summoned the American and South Sudanese ambassadors.”
Imagine being an agent of the National Intelligence and Security Service of that country and being sent out in a huge group to arrest this obvious danger to national security. Imagine how fucking stupid you must feel. This is absolutely ridiculous. The good news is that she has been released again and is now safe at the American embassy in Khartoum.