A mother who was freed from death row for refusing to renounce Christianity has been re-arrested just one day later while trying to leave Sudan. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was very happy after an appeals court yesterday overturned a death sentence imposed because she married a Christian man and allegedly turned her back on Islam. But lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed said a group of 50 security force personnel arrested her and family members during an angry confrontation at Khartoum’s airport today.
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NBC (h/t DNR) Mohammed, who said he was at the airport with Ibrahim, said no reason was given for her re-arrest. Britain’s Foreign Office said it had received confirmation that Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service had detained Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani, an American citizen who told the Guardian following his wife’s release that he hoped they could start a new life in the U.S.
The couple were with their two children at the time of their detention, including the baby Ibrahim gave birth to while she was on death row in a women’s prison. When contacted by NBC News, a State Department spokeswoman said Ibrahim was “safe,” but declined to say where due to security reasons.
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.
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
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.
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