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Meriam Ibrahim Freed in Sudan, Takes Refuge in US Embassy

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By    |   Friday, 27 Jun 2014 11:57 AM

Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was dismissed on Monday after an international outcry, was detained at an airport on Tuesday, and subsequently freed Thursday night. She is now at the country's U.S. embassy.

The Associated Press reported that the 27-year-old had planned to travel to the U.S. with her two children and husband, Daniel Wani, who holds dual-citizenship, when the family was detained on charges of forging travel documents.

After inquiring about the detention, Ibrahim's lawyer and U.S. officials were informed by Sudanese authorities that the family was not under arrest, and released them on Thursday night. The family immediately traveled to the embassy, fearing "assault" by relatives and fellow Sudanese.

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Wani told reporters he suspected they were accused of forging travel documents as a pretext to detain Ibrahim "without an arrest warrant." Wani was born in what is now the independent nation of South Sudan, and gained U.S. citizenship as a boy when he fled the civil war. He later returned and married Ibrahim.

Under Sudan's Islamic Sharia law established in the early 1980s under the rule of autocrat Jaafar Nimeiri, all children are required to follow the religion of their father. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. She identifies as a Christian and married her Christian husband in a church in 2011.

This was considered illegal apostasy by Sudanese authorities, and Ibrahim was jailed, tried, and found guilty. While pregnant, she was sentence to death by hanging.

After an outcry from Sudanese citizens and the international community, her sentence was dismissed by a Cassation Court in Sudan's capitol city, Khartoum.

Officials in the northern capitol said Ibrahim was released on condition that she stay in the country, however she was given travel permission and documents by the embassy of South Sudan. The travel issue remains in dispute, however American officials are now working to move the family to the U.S.

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Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was dismissed on Monday after an international outcry, was detained at an airport on Tuesday, and subsequently freed Thursday night. She is now at the country's U.S. embassy.
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