Posted By LAF Editor on June 26, 2014
The back and forth in the plight of Meriam Ibrahim and her children has received international attention as she was released from prison, arrested attempting to leave Sudan on bogus forgery charges, and now, as AP and other news outlets are reporting early Thursday morning, has been released again.
Eman Abdul-Rahman, the lawyer for 27-year-old Mariam Ibrahim, told The Associated Press that she was released on Thursday from a police station after foreign diplomats pressed the government to free her. She was detained Tuesday at Khartoum’s airport while trying to leave the country with her family.
Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian. Sudan’s penal code forbids Muslims from converting to other religions, a crime punishable by death. A higher tribunal overturned the ruling and ordered her release.
Why the back and forth? NBC News indicated Meriam’s own brother, upset by her Christian faith, intervened to block her attempt to leave the Islamic country.
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