26 June 2014

Sudan: Ibrahim Rereleased in Khartoum, Barred From Leaving Sudan

Photo: Gabriel Wani/Facebook
Wedding photo of Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani.

Sudan has rereleased a woman freed from death row just days ago. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was arrested again on Tuesday at Khartoum's airport as she was trying to leave the country with her husband and two children.

On Thursday, Alsherif Ali Alsherif, one of four lawyers representing Ibrahim for free, said that authorities finally released the family but prohibited her from leaving Sudan. On Tuesday, officials had arrested Ibrahim and her family, accusing them of trying to leave the country with forged travel documents from the US Embassy in South Sudan. The family had reportedly been en route to the United States.

"Meriam has all the documents she needs to travel to and enter the United States," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters on Thursday. "We are in communication with the Sudanese Foreign Ministry to ensure that she and her family will be free to travel as quickly as possible," Harf added.

In May, a court sentenced Ibrahim, 27, to death for apostasy for marrying Daniel Wani, a Sudanese Christian with US citizenship, in 2012. The union was considered invalid under national law because her father, who abandoned the family when Ibrahim was just a toddler, was a Muslim and children in the country must take their fathers' religion.

In Sudan, men may marry outside their religion, but women are prohibited from doing so. Ibrahim's mother is a Christian and she had grown up in the faith.

In May, Ibrahim went to prison with her and Wani's toddler son and gave birth to their daughter while chained to her cell floor. A court threw out the death sentence on Monday.

(Reuters, AFP, dpa, AP)

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