Jun 23 2014
FREE AT LAST! Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to hang for refusing to convert to Islam has finally been released
Smiling at the camera as she celebrates her freedom, this is the first picture of Meriam Ibrahim since she was suddenly released from prison in Sudan on Monday. The mother-of-two is seen holding her baby daughter Maya who was born in prison whilst she was shackled to the ground. Her son is in yellow shirt.
UK DAILY MAIL After international pressure (not from the U.S.), a government official said on May 31 that Sudanese officials were working to release her.
Safwan Abobaker, an activist who works with religious campaign group Hardwired, which provided MailOnline with the picture, said: ‘It’s a happy day’. The photo was taken at the safe house where Meriam is now hiding out.
The 27-year-old woman was sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity (Even though she did not convert as her mother was a Christian and she was raised Christian after her father abandoned the family). The case triggered an international outcry. She gave birth to a baby daughter while in prison. Ms Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, an American citizen who is Christian.
‘The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya and the cancellation of the (previous) court ruling,’ Sudan’s SUNA news agency said. The couple’s 21-month-old son was also held in prison with Ms Ibrahim and newborn Maya.
Ms Ibrahim’s lawyer Mohaned Mostafa said after her release she had been sent ‘to 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,’ he said.
In an interview with CNN earlier this month, Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah said that if Meriam was killed, it would have ‘enforced God’s word’ because she broke sharia. He has threatened to kill her himself if she was not executed.