The PJ Tatler

Meriam Ibrahim Freed Again, Takes Refuge in the US Embassy

Mrs. Ibrahim and her family will only be truly safe when they leave Sudan.

The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum.

“Really, it’s good,” Daniel Wani, the American husband of Meriam Ibrahim, told Agence France-Presse by telephone on Friday, adding that embassy staff had been “very helpful and very nice”.

He said his wife and two children, who could be heard in the background, were doing well at the heavily guarded facility.

Ibrahim grew up Christian, but was charged with apostasy from Islam because her estranged father is Muslim. She was sentenced to 100 lashes and to hang. She was pregnant at the time of her sentencing. She was freed this week after a court canceled her sentence, and then rearrested as she tried to leave Sudan with her family. Her husband, Daniel Wani, is a US citizen.

The penalties for apostasy are part of Islamic sharia law. Her own family members turned her over to the government for prosecution. The US State Department says that it met with Sudanese officials and pressed for Ibrahim’s release, and that she be allowed to leave Sudan “as swiftly as possible.”

h/t Jihad Watch