Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old woman sentenced to death last month in Sudan on charges of apostasy and adultery, was freed from prison Monday and sent to a safe house for her own protection.
An international outcry is credited with embarrassing the Sudan government into releasing her and who two children – a newborn baby girl and a 20 month old son.
Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, gave birth to her daughter while shackled in prison.
The Daily Mail, which has been on the forefront of pushing this case into the public eye, reported:
Her lawyer Shareif Ali Shareif confirmed to MailOnline 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.’
He added that for now she was staying in Khartoum.
MailOnline has led the way in highlighting the plight of Ms Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death on May 15. After international pressure a government official said on May 31 that Sudanese officials were working to release her.
She was only finally freed this afternoon.
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.
Safwan Abobaker, an activist who works with religious campaign group Hardwired, which is based in the United States, said that the pressure to release Ms Ibrahim paid off.
He said: ‘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.’
The United States had led from behind on this issue like it does on all issues of international import. Meriam’s death sentence came down on May 15. She had her baby under brutal conditions while shackled in prison on May 23. The Obama Regime put out a tepid statement on the 15th, but didn’t join the international outcry until May 30. Earlier this month, Sec. of State Lurch finally screwed up his courage enough to urge Khartoum to repeal its laws banning Muslims from converting.
But Meriam’s nightmare began in September of 2013 when she was arrested on charges of apostasy and adultery for practicing Christianity and marrying a Christian. Her young son, an American citizen was held in prison with her. When her desperate husband reached out to the US State Dept for emergency help in April, he was met with complete indifference.
Daniel Wani described the unconscionable indifference to his wife and family’s plight. Re-affirming what is quite evident, “My wife was never a Muslim,” Wani—a U.S. citizen—pleaded with “the government of the USA to help me.” But Wani claims that when he called the U.S. Embassy on April 9, 2014 a representative in Khartoum informed him of their lack of interest in the case. Noting that the couple’s toddler boy, Martin, is a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s U.S. citizenship, Daniel Wani also declared that U.S. Embassy officials in Khartoum have not cooperated in granting the family travel papers to leave The Sudan, and further have told him he must prove he is the father with a DNA test prior to even offering any assistance!
I have tried to apply for papers to travel to the USA with my wife and child, but the American Embassy in Sudan did not help me. My son is an American citizen living in a difficult situation in prison. I will have to take a DNA sample in Khartoum, then send it to the USA for testing. I have provided wedding documents and the baby’s birth certificate, and doors were closed on [my] face.
Hopefully, now that Meriam’s story has been front page news around the world, she’ll have more luck with the Regime on the asylum front.
Via Hot Air:
Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.
Sources close to the situation tell FoxNews.com that Ibrahim was whisked away to a confidential location and that her lawyers will be meeting with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday.
“This is a huge first step,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. “But the second step is that Ms. Ibrahim and her husband and their children be on a plane heading to the United States.”
Also via Hot Air: “The archdiocese of Khartoum had hailed Ibrahim’s fidelity to the faith:
“There are many people trying to persuade Meriam to renounce Christianity in order to be freed, but she is refusing. Some people are pleading with her husband to convince her to abandon Christian faith in order to save her life, but to no avail,” the archdiocese said.
A modern saint if ever there was one. The Vatican should start the canonization process forthwith.
This is not the Miriam’s song I was looking for – but it will do in a pinch:
Miriam’s Song of Triumph, D. 942 performed by the VoceChamberSingers