Sudanese women sentenced to die for apostasy freed after international condemnation
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/24/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
After her case brought international condemnation by the world community. Meriam Ibrahim of Sudan will be freed following her conviction for "apostasy." Originally sentenced to death by hanging, after being lashed with a whip, Meriam will now join her husband and child shortly.
Meriam Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, an American citizen who is Christian.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ibrahim was suddenly released from prison in Sudan this week. In a photo, the mother-of-two is seen holding her baby daughter Maya, who was born while Ibrahim was in captivity -- whilst she was shackled to the ground.
Safwan Abobaker, an activist who works with religious campaign group Hardwired, declared that "It's a happy day." The photo was taken at the safe house where Meriam is now hiding out.
Meriam poses hours after her release with her husband, Daniel (left) and her children, Martin (on Daniel's knee) and baby Maya and all those who bravely fought for her freedom in Sudan.
Twenty-seven-year-old Meriam was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity.
"The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya and the cancellation of the (previous) court ruling," Sudan's SUNA news agency said. Meriam's 21-month-old son was also held in prison with Ibrahim along with the newborn Maya.
As well as the death sentence for apostasy (the crime of abandoning your religion) Ibrahim was also sentenced to 100 lashes for what the court deemed her adultery for marrying a Christian.
Her lawyer Shareif Ali Shareif confirmed that she had been released after the court of appeal in Khartoum accepted her appeal and overturned the death sentence.
"She has been released from prison and she is on her way home with the children," he said. "She is very happy and the children are fine. Her husband Daniel Wani is overjoyed. He is so happy he is almost crying." She is currently staying in Khartoum, in "an unknown house to stay at for her protection and security.
"Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her," her attorney said.
Ms Ibrahim, who is a trained doctor, and her husband own a barber shop, a mini-mart and an farm, said Father Mussa Timothy Kacho, episcopal vicar for Khartoum.
Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, an American citizen who is Christian.
Safwan Abobaker, an activist who works with religious campaign group Hardwired, which is based in the United States, said that the pressure to release Ibrahim paid off. "The Sudanese government was embarrassed by all the attention so they freed her.
"It's better for her to come to America now as her half-brother said that he would kill her if the court did not carry out the sentence.
"The Sudanese government needs to protect Meriam and the U.S. embassy in Sudan needs to find a way of bringing her to America quickly."
"The U.S. government needs to grant Meriam asylum or find a way to let her come to America right away. She needs to come to America."
Meriam's lawyers along with officials at the U.S. embassy in Sudan are expected to discuss a potential move to America.
UPDATE: Meriam and her husband have both been detained while allegedly attempting to flee the country. The story is developing.
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