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    Sudan Mother's Death Sentence Condemned

    Sudan is facing growing international condemnation after a woman was sentenced to death and forced to give birth while shackled to a prison floor for marrying a Christian.

    The US State Department described the case of Meriam Ibrahim, 27, as "horrific" and continues to press Sudanese officials to intervene.


    Muslim women in Sudan are forbidden from marrying out of their faith - but although Ms Ibrahim has a Muslim father, she claims to have been brought up a Christian as that was her mother's faith.


    A court rejected this argument and found her guilty of apostasy in renouncing Islam and adultery for marrying a Christian, Daniel Wani.


    Ms Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging earlier this month but her killing was suspended for two years so she could nurse her daughter Maya, born on a floor on Wednesday after guards at Omdurman Women's Prison refused to release her.


    "We're concerned about this horrific case, and we've expressed that many, many, many times," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
    "We'll continue to press through every channel we can our concerns about this case."


    Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is the latest high-profile tweeter to express outrage about the case following posts from Mia Farrow and Richard Branson.
    "Meriam Yahya Ibrahim's death sentence is abhorrent," Mrs Clinton wrote. "Sudan should stop threatening religious freedom and fundamental human rights."


    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has also voiced concern.
    "Our religions tell us that human interactions should be shaped by compassion and humanity, not by death sentences," he said. "Christians and Muslims should be able to coexist alongside each other."


    US embassy officials have been attending Ms Ibrahim's public hearings and are monitoring the appeals process in Khartoum.


    Ms Ibrahim remains incarcerated with her newborn baby and 20-month-old son.


    Mr Wani, a US citizen, said on Thursday his wife and children were holding up well.
    "As for the new situation, her psychological condition seems to be slightly better and Martin (the son) is also in good condition and is not naughty as was the case before. And the girl, of course she is still small, she's in good health."


    Both the US and UK governments have summoned the country's charge d'affaires to discuss the case - which Mr Wani is hoping will be reviewed.


    "I hope they will take another look at the case - they will find many flaws, enough to cancel the judgement or close the case," he said.


    Islamic sharia law has been in force in Sudan since 1983.

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    Since 1983? So why do we hear of it only now? I looked up if there were any news like "Thatcher cuts diplomatic ties with Sudan over introduction of sharia", but found nothing. Appears the right wing was perfectly fine with sharia 30 years ago. Days before the then president Gaffar Nimeiry imposed sharia, he was on a state visit to Washington. That man started as a socialist, but became a CIA thug, and had to cope with coup attempts of communist factions of the military and uprisings. Muammar sent fighters over the border, too. So Nimeiry joined the Muslim brotherhood and enlisted Islam. What were Thatcher and Alzheimer Ronald thinking, they must have known of the pedophile warlord? 640 AD, 1983, 2014, no difference at all.
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    Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan 'to free' death row woman



    Meriam Ibrahim has been sentenced to 100 lashes as well as death by hanging



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    Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.

    Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.

    Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.

    Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.

    In an interview with The Times newspaper, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the ruling as "barbaric" and out of step with today's world.

    The UK Foreign Office this week said that it would push for Ms Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.


    Apostasy debate

    Ms Ibrahim, 27, was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, but a Sudanese judge ruled earlier this month that she should be regarded as Muslim because that had been her father's faith.

    She refused to renounce her Christianity and was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy.

    On Wednesday, she gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell - the second child from her marriage in 2011 to Daniel Wani, a US citizen.

    The court said Ms Ibrahim would be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the sentence was carried out.

    The court had earlier annulled her Christian marriage and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery because the union was not considered valid under Islamic law.

    Sudan has a majority Muslim population and Islamic law has been in force there since the 1980s.

    The ruling has revived a debate over apostasy, with liberal and conservative scholars giving different opinions over whether - and how - the act of abandoning the Islamic faith should be punished


    BBC News - Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan 'to free' death row woman

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    Great news, and proves they're civilised.

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    Sudan death sentence woman 'freed'



    Meriam Ibrahim gave birth to a baby daughter in prison


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    A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for abandoning her Islamic faith has been freed from jail, her lawyer has told the BBC.

    Meriam Ibrahim's death penalty was overturned by an appeal court, the official Suna news agency reported.

    She is married to a Christian man and was sentenced under Sharia law to hang for apostasy in May after refusing to renounce Christianity.

    Her husband, Daniel Wani, said he was looking forward to seeing her.

    He wanted his family to leave Sudan as soon possible, Mr Wani, who is a US citizen, told the BBC Focus on Africa radio programme.



    Daniel Wani visited his children at the prison near Khartoum




    The couple got married in a church after meeting in 2011

    The death sentence for Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, who gave birth to a daughter in prison not long after she was convicted, sparked international outrage.

    "We are very very happy about this - and we're going to her now," Mrs Ibrahim's lawyer Elshareef Ali told the BBC.

    "They have released her... she's on her way to home," he said.

    Mr Ali said Mrs Ibrahim had shown "extraordinary courage" during her ordeal.

    "It's a victory for freedom of religion in Sudan... By Mariam's strong position, we believe that in the future no-one will be subjected to such a trial," he said


    BBC News - Sudan death sentence woman 'freed'

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    Quote Originally Posted by leemo View Post
    Great news, and proves they're civilised.
    I hope you're saying that tongue in cheek.
    If they were civilised she never would have been in prison in the first place.

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    Just paraphrasing the Leftist flag waving that these people aren't so bad after all, and look they can even be reasoned with.

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    Aw, and they spoiled it all by rearresting her at the airport. Damn inconsiderate, to leave the apologists strung out like that.

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    Sudan death row case: US works for Meriam Ibrahim exit
    Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy
    Meriam Ibrahim gave birth to a baby daughter in prison

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    The US says it is working with Sudan to ensure a woman freed from death row can leave the country, after she was detained at Khartoum airport.

    Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer says she and her husband are being questioned over their travel documents. It is thought they were trying to fly to the US.

    She was sentenced in May to hang for renouncing Islam - sparking an outcry - but was released from jail on Monday.

    Mrs Ibrahim's husband is a Christian from South Sudan and is a US citizen.

    Security agents detained Mrs Ibrahim, husband Daniel Wani and two children at the airport on Tuesday, her lawyer, Thabit Suliman, said.

    "The security authorities have not stated why she was apprehended and they are still being held in a security building at the airport," the lawyer added.

    Sudan's government has assured the US Mrs Ibrahim and her family are safe
    US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Sudan's government had given assurances that Mrs Ibrahim and her family were safe.

    Earlier, a top Sudanese official told the BBC that although Mrs Ibrahim is Sudanese, she was using emergency South Sudanese papers with a US visa.

    She would be asked to get a passport and exit visa on her release, Abdullahi Alzareg from the ministry of foreign affairs said.

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    Analysis: James Copnall, former BBC Sudan correspondent

    The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) is an extremely powerful body, which frequently intervenes in Sudanese politics.

    It is a key part of the informal coalition - also comprising the military, Islamists and pragmatists - which rules Sudan.

    The different components are constantly jockeying for a better position.

    In recent times, NISS has been flexing its muscles.

    It is very possible that NISS did not like the decision to release Meriam Ibrahim, and re-arresting her and her family was a way of making this point to the rest of the Sudanese government.

    However, security is not a homogenous entity either.

    It is also conceivable that one part of NISS accepted Mrs Ibrahim's release, while another section was not happy with it.

    Mrs Ibrahim's release and re-arrest simply underline the fact that there are many decision-makers in Sudanese politics, and they do not always agree with each other.

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    Mrs Ibrahim was released from prison on Monday after an appeal court annulled the death sentence imposed on her.

    She was initially arrested in February, and gave birth to a daughter in prison not long after being sentenced.

    Before she was detained on Tuesday, Western countries had welcomed the decision to rescind the death penalty.

    Born to a Muslim father, Mrs Ibrahim, 27, married Mr Wani in 2011.

    Sudan has a majority Muslim population, and Islamic law has been in force there since the 1980s.

    Even though Mrs Ibrahim was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, the authorities considered her to be a Muslim because that is the religion of her father.
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