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Meriam Ibrahim Freed: Death Sentence for Marrying Christian Man Dropped

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By    |   Monday, 23 Jun 2014 03:41 PM

Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman on death row for marrying a Christian man and renouncing her Muslim faith, has been released from jail after having her sentence dismissed.

On Monday, Ibrahim, 27, was ordered released from prison, where she, her 20-month-old son, and a newborn daughter were being held. The children were free to leave, authorities had said.

Ibrahim and her family were in an undisclosed location, The Telegraph said.

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“Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her,” Mohaned Mostafa, one of Ibrahim's lawyers, told the Telegraph.

Ibrahim’s father was Muslim but she was raised by her Christian mother and married a Christian man. She was convicted of apostasy and sentenced to death in May.

Ibrahim and her children were already back with her husband, Daniel Wani, CNN said, and reported the court found the original filing in the case was faulty, which led to the dismissal.

Ibrahim’s case came to international attention and Sudan has been much criticized for its decision to execute her. The U.S. State Department asked the Sudanese government to respect Ibrahim’s decision to choose her religion.

The country’s penal code makes it a crime for Muslims to convert to other religions, and also Muslim women are not allowed to marry non-Muslims, although that is not true for Muslim men.

Sudanese President Omar Bashir has said Sudan will more strictly follow Islamic law.

The complaint against Ibrahim was filed by her brother, who is a Muslim, CNN said. The brother said she was raised as a Muslim and that the family was surprised to find that after she went missing for several years, Ibrahim had married a Christian.

However, in a statement to the Telegraph, lawyers said that the men laying the claims again Ibrahim were not related to her. Some have told the British newspaper that there may have been a conspiracy against Ibrahim, who ran “a series of successful small businesses in Sudan.”

Wani told the Telegraph his family will leave Sudan.

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Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman on death row for marrying a Christian man and renouncing her Muslim faith, has been released from jail after having her sentence dismissed.
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