Home » Meriam Ibrahim & Children Released Only to be Detained in Sudan While Attempting to Flee the Country
We reported in May that 27 year old pregnant, biochemist Meriam Ibrahim had been in prison alongside her nearly two year old son simply because she rejected Islam and had married a Christian man. Her sentence was to be flogged and then hanged, following her baby’s birth. After a huge outcry, Meriam was to be freed, along with her two children, including new born Maya. Her husband never believed they would be freed, but they were. However, reports are now coming out that Meriam and her family have now been detained at an airport while trying to flee the country.
According to the Associated Press:
Lawyer Eman Abdul-Rahim told The Associated Press that the 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was held along with two children and her husband at the international airport in Khartoum, the country’s capital. Abdul-Rahim did not elaborate and security officials did not respond to requests for comment.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington that the Sudanese government had informed American officials at the embassy in Khartoum that Ibrahim and her family were “temporarily detained” over issues relating their travel documents.
Harf said the Sudanese have assured the U.S. that the family is not under arrest and that they are safe. She said U.S. officials are continuing to work on getting them out of the country.
The Guardian reports that the family was apprehended within 24 hours of a court ordered release.
Apparently this Christian woman and her family was such a security threat that more than 40 security officers were needed to prevent Meriam and her family from boarding the plane which was to take them to the United States, according to their attorney.
The Guardian also adds:
“It’s very disappointing,” Elshareef said. “They were very angry. They took us [the family’s lawyers] outside, and took the family to a Niss detention centre. They have not been given access to lawyers.”
He said the appeal court had quashed Ibrahim’s convictions and there were no restrictions on her travelling. He added that political differences within the government over the case may have played a part in the decision to prevent her leaving. “I’m very concerned. When people do not respect the court, they might do anything.”
On Tuesday night, news agencies in Khartoum said Ibrahim had been transferred from Niss custody to a police station, where she was being questioned about her documents.
A Sudanese source told Agence France-Presse that Ibrahim was under investigation but had not been charged, and that her husband and children were with her but were not suspected of wrongdoing.
According to Meriam’s huband, Daniel Wani, men who claimed to be her relatives, said that they would carry out her execution if she were released from prison. He claims that the entire fiasco that his wife has been through was brought about by these men, who Meriam has denied knowing, in order to get hold of Meriam’s business interests. She was invested in a hair salon, mini-mart and agricultural land, according to the Guardian.
Meriam did not convert from Islam, but has been a Christian all her life. Her father is Muslim and her mother is Christian. According to Islam, that would make her Muslim, but she has never claimed Islam for herself. Instead, she married a Christian man, but in Islam that is not only considered apostasy, but adultery and in the eyes of Islamists the marriage is null and void.
Keep in mind that this isn’t Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, ISIS or any of the groups that the Western media and leaders want us to see as “radicals.” This is the real face of Islam that has set out to execute an intelligent, industrious wife and mother of two all because she married a Christian man.
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