UPDATE: Update: After being detained for two days at a police station in the airport in Khartoum, Meriam Ibrahim was released on bail under the condition that she remains in Sudan. The release came after heavy pressure from foreign diplomats.
Ibrahim had been setenced to death on charges of apostasy that were overtuned. After her release from prison, Ibrahim was rearrested at the airport trying to leave the country on criminal charges. Authorities said her travel documents were forged.
Daniel Wani, Meriam’s husband who is American, told Agence France-Presse that embassy staff had been "very helpful and very nice."
U.S. state department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the Sudanese government had assured the U.S. of their continue safety. She also said the Ibrahim possesses all the correct documents to leave the country, according to international law, adding, "It's up to the government of Sudan to allow her to leave the country."
She was detained at the airport while trying to board a plane to America by around 40 security agents. She was arrested along with her husband and two small children.
A government spokesperson told the BBC that it was because she did not have the correct travel documents, which they have deemed a "criminal offense." She was travelling on an emergency South Sudan passport with a U.S. visa.
The following is a report from Cameron Thomas, the regional manager for Africa of the International Christian Concern:
"The situation in Khartoum remains tense as Meriam is reportedly still being questioned by security personnel at a Khartoum police station. Following Meriam and family’s release from what have many characterized as a “brief” detention at Khartoum airport, Meriam was reportedly charged with falsifying documents and providing false testimony, and Daniel with acting as an accessory."
The following is an interview conducted by telephone with Meriam from the safe house:
Previously, it was reported that:
The lawyer for Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy has been freed, announced that she has been freed.
The news was also reported by Sudan’s SUNA news agency, which said, “The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya [Ibrahim] and the cancellation of the (previous) court ruling.”
Meriam, who was raised as a Christian. Her father, who is a Muslim, deserted the family when she was very young. Meriam’s ordeal began when she was turned in by her brother last year for "dishonoring the family" for “becoming” a Christian and marrying a Christian.
Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging by a Sudanese court on May 15 after she refused to denounce her faith. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for “zena.” Since Muslim women are forbidden to marry non-Muslim men, the court convicted her of having committed "zena" (illegitimate sex), punishable by 100 lashes.
A worldwide campaign ensued to pressure the Sudanese government into overturning the verdict.
Mohaned Mostafa, Ibrahim’s lawyer, said that she has been taken “to an unknown house to stay at for her protection and security. Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her,” he said.
Ibrahim’s brother, who originally turned her into to Sudanese authorities, has vowed to track her down and kill her.
Ibrahim, who was jailed along with her toddler son, who is not quite two years old, gave birth in prison to a baby girl on May 27. The last four months of her pregnancy she spent shackled to the floor in the Sudanese prison, where she had been held since last February.
Meriam, a doctor, is married to a naturalized U.S. citizen and Christian, Daniel Wani, a 27-year-old biochemist who is in a wheelchair since he suffers from muscular dystrophy. After Meriam was arrested, Wani tried – to no avail – to obtain help from the United States and obtain the proper papers to allow Meriam to enter the U.S.
Meriam was scheduled to be put to death by hanging once the baby was two years old. The lashes were to be administered after she recovered from the birth.