Sudan releases Christian woman sentenced to death for her faith; Update: State Dept to meet with lawyers tomorrow

posted at 12:01 pm on June 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The global outcry over the death sentence for a Christian mother seems to have worked. Earlier today, a court in Sudan overturned Meriam Yahia Ibrahim’s conviction and sentence and ordered her release. Ibrahim was due to be flogged with 100 lashes and hanged for her adherence to Christianity, but the sentence — and especially her then-pregnant status — made it a worldwide outrage:

A Sudanese woman on death row for apostasy had her sentence canceled and was ordered released by a Khartoum court on Monday, the country’s official news agency reported.

SUNA said the Court of Cassation canceled the death sentence against 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim after defense lawyers presented their case. The court ordered her release.

The Daily Mail has more:

Daniel Wani’s brother Gabriel, who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, said: ‘I need to call my brother to find out what is happening.

‘If it’s true it is great news.

‘Knowing him he will want to want to bring her back to America as soon as he can. I hope he can do that’.

Safwan Abobaker, an activist who works with religious campaign group Hardwired, which is based in the US, said that the pressure to release Meriam had paid off.

He said: ‘The Sudanese government was embarrassed by all the attention so they freed her.

‘It’s better for her to come to America now as her half brother said that he would kill her if the court did not carry out the sentence.

‘The Sudanese government needs to protect Meriam and the US embassy in Sudan needs to find a way of bringing her to America quickly.

‘The US government needs to grant Meriam asylum or find a way to let her come to America right away. She needs to come to America’.

The archdiocese of Khartoum had hailed Ibrahim’s fidelity to the faith as it pressed the Sudanese court to reverse itself:

“There are many people trying to persuade Meriam to renounce Christianity in order to be freed, but she is refusing. Some people are pleading with her husband to convince her to abandon Christian faith in order to save her life, but to no avail,” the archdiocese said.

“The Catholic Church — Archdiocese of Khartoum — expresses deep regret over the way the case is being handled in the court,” with disregard of “Meriam’s moral and religious beliefs,” it said.

“We are pleading with the judiciary and other concerned authorities to review the case … and to bring it to a reasonable end,” it said.

This may be a “reasonable end,” but only in contrast to the unreasonable beginning and middle. Death sentences, prison terms, and floggings for religious conversion are an affront to human rights, and a reflection of the oppression Christians face in much of the world. The need for Ibrahim to flee Sudan to save her life even after the rescinding of the conviction and sentence provides even further demonstration of that persecution. Let’s continue to pray for Ibrahim’s safe deliverance to the US, and keep our focus on the oppression of millions of other Christians around the world.

Update: In a measure of just how dangerous it will be for Ibrahim to remain in Sudan, her attorneys have hidden the family in a safehouse, according to The Guardian:

The Sudanese state news agency Suna said: “The appeal court ordered the release of [Ibrahim] and the cancellation of the [earlier] court ruling.”

However, there was no sign of Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani or their two children at the couple’s home in Khartoum.

Mohaned Mostafa, a member of Ibrahim’s legal team, said she had been moved to a safehouse “for her protection and security”. He told Reuters: “Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her.”

The US should be acting with alacrity to offer her asylum.

Update: There is good news on the asylum front, too, at least preliminarily:

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.

Sources close to the situation tell FoxNews.com that Ibrahim was whisked away to a confidential location and that her lawyers will be meeting with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday.

“This is a huge first step,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. “But the second step is that Ms. Ibrahim and her husband and their children be on a plane heading to the United States.”

Make it so.


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Praise God

Jackalope on June 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Miracle

MTF on June 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Like with the Marine in Mexico, the State Dept are slower than molasses.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Let’s continue to pray for Ibrahim’s safe deliverance to the US,

She could be jailed here for having anti-gay beliefs.

faraway on June 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

She’s pregnant, again.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Like with the Marine in Mexico, the State Dept are slower than molasses.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I’d be surprised if obummer’s State Dept moved on this or the Marine at all. One’s a Christian, one is a Marine. Neither far up on the “Most Favored” list of items to address with this admin. Obummer has little liking of either.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

The US should be acting with alacrity to offer her asylum.

She would be, if she and her children entered the U.S. from the Mexican border.

GrannyDee on June 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Good news.

NotCoach on June 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The US should be acting with alacrity to offer her asylum.

She would be, if she and her children entered the U.S. from the Mexican border.

GrannyDee on June 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Why does Obama hate black people?

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Praise God!

gophergirl on June 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

This one woman, this time. How many Christians are being slaughtered in SyriaIraq?

rbj on June 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

:-)

22044 on June 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

She’s pregnant, again.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Is this a joke? Because if it isn’t the implication is that she was raped in prison.

NotCoach on June 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Is this a joke? Because if it isn’t the implication is that she was raped in prison.

NotCoach on June 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Not a joke, and no implication. Her husband was there…no idea…prison guards and all.

Bill Hammer said it this morning, with the announcement that she’ll be freed.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Is the Vatican doing anything to get her out of Sudan? We aren’t the only ones that can help her, and this administration surely can’t be relied on.

Flange on June 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

She would be, if she and her children entered the U.S. from the Mexican border.

GrannyDee on June 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Or if she were a highly publicized persecuted muslim and/or LGBTQ. Woulda been here weeks ago with every possible government benefit along with a personal photo op with obummer in the WH Rose Garden.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Is the Vatican doing anything to get her out of Sudan? We aren’t the only ones that can help her, and this administration surely can’t be relied on.

Flange on June 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I’m not so sure that this Pope is any better than Barack HUSSEIN Obama on issues like this.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

The US should be acting with alacrity to offer her asylum.

That makes the assumption that the rat-eared wonder actually finds fault with the Sudanese court’s initial ruling. Hard to believe that Barak Hussein Obama would speak out against the religion of peace.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

And I’m sure that libfree and verbaduce, along with our other leftists and lots of our abortion supporters, are sad to see this headline.

For them, the only good Christian is a dead one.

We are entering another age of martyrdom, I am afraid. Probably the last one.

Vanceone on June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

That makes the assumption that the rat-eared wonder actually finds fault with the Sudanese court’s initial ruling. Hard to believe that Barak Hussein Obama would speak out against the religion of peace.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Barack HUSSEIN Obama is an islamic apostate according to sharia “law” for the same reason this young woman is, his father was a muslim. His step father was too. He was never allowed to be anything but muslim.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I pray she can make it out of the Sudan with her kids.

gwelf on June 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

For them, the only good Christian is a dead one.

We are entering another age of martyrdom, I am afraid. Probably the last one.

Vanceone on June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

If you are into Bible prophesy, one could argue, with all the evidence around us, that we truly are entering into the last days.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

And I’m sure that libfree and verbaduce, along with our other leftists and lots of our abortion supporters, are sad to see this headline.

For them, the only good Christian is a dead one.

We are entering another age of martyrdom, I am afraid. Probably the last one.

Vanceone on June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

It’s less safe to be openly Christian in the United States today than it was when I was a child, that’s for sure.

It’s only going to get worse.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Don’t forget that his mother had converted too.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Best news I heard today.

ToddPA on June 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

If you are into Bible prophesy, one could argue, with all the evidence around us, that we truly are entering into the last days.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Not to mention the re-emergence of Israel in 1948. Everything that’s been happening is inferred in Revelation, including Barack HUSSEIN Obama and a dubious Pope…

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Hard to believe that Barak Hussein Obama would speak out against the religion of peace.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Or for a Christian woman who steadfastly refused to deny her faith and convert to the ROP and willingly faced death.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Yesterday, my pastor asked if anyone would be shocked to know that more Christians had been persecuted in the 20th century alone than in the previous 19 all together. It’s the new “acceptable” bigotry. Because Christians are so intolerant, you know, they deserve it.

That being said, Praise the Lord that this woman is free now.

KateNE on June 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Not to mention the re-emergence of Israel in 1948. Everything that’s been happening is inferred in Revelation, including Barack HUSSEIN Obama and a dubious Pope…

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Somewhere on the internet I’d wager there could be found an end-times check off list nearly filled.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Best news I heard today.

ToddPA on June 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Come on, you didn’t read that Hillary is “not well off” and “Chelsea doesn’t like making dollars”? Get with it already.

Oh, and Michelle really “schtruggles”.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Don’t forget that his mother had converted too.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Ironic then that the only religion Obama ever shows favor has him under a death sentence then.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Ironic then that the only religion Obama ever shows favor has him under a death sentence then.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

While he’s an atheist for his marxists.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Somewhere on the internet I’d wager there could be found an end-times check off list nearly filled.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Just like there could be a check list of crimes cited in the Declaration of Independence that Obama has committed.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I’m not so sure that this Pope is any better than Barack HUSSEIN Obama on issues like this.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I am no fan of this particular Pope nor his socialistic tendencies. But I seriously doubt he would stand idly by while someone was executed for their Christian beliefs if he had the power to act. I’m not so sure about Obama.

Shump on June 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Being pregnant was her lifeline, as the Sharia court said she wouldn’t be executed so long as she was pregnant or nursing a baby. So its no surprise she and her husband decided to get pregnant if possible.

MTF on June 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Not to mention the re-emergence of Israel in 1948. Everything that’s been happening is inferred in Revelation, including Barack HUSSEIN Obama and a dubious Pope…

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Also an inferred Russian-Iranian alliance against Israel, IIRC.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Like with the Marine in Mexico, the State Dept are slower than molasses.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

…lately…the checks have taken a long time…to clear!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Ironic then that the only religion Obama ever shows favor has him under a death sentence then.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

If he’s ultimately working to help them, then all is forgiven. He can lie all he wants, allah-lah-lah will forgive him.

Flange on June 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Come on, you didn’t read that Hillary is “not well off” and “Chelsea doesn’t like making dollars”? Get with it already.

Oh, and Michelle really “schtruggles”.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Yeah, my bad…..for some reason, I felt compassion for this
woman, over the likes of Killary, et al.

Oh well, at least we have verbal to go to bat for Killary,
and split Hair Follicle of hairs regarding her Not being
well off….

ToddPA on June 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Praise God

Jackalope on June 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Indeed!

Othniel on June 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

The US should be acting with alacrity to offer her asylum.

HAHA, yeah, I’m sure Barry Hussein’s Regime will get RIIIIGHT on that!

Don’t hold your breath. She’s not the right religious persuasion.

If she were a persecuted follower of the Cult of Islam imprisoned by a bunch of Christians, we would have already had a state-sponsored hashtag and Hussein would have already droned some people in Sudan by now.

Meople on June 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Like with the Marine in Mexico, the State Dept are slower than molasses.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

…lately…the checks have taken a long time…to clear!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

It’s well documented that the Mexican military “inadvertently” invades US Territory all the time. We should arrest them when this happens and hold them hostage until they release our Marine.

But we’d have to have a President that sides with America for that to happen.

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Death sentences, prison terms, and floggings for religious conversion are an affront to human rights, and a reflection of the oppression Christians face in much of the world.

So, the MSM will cover this wall-to-wall in the news today … oh, Christians. Never mind.

IrishEyes on June 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

HAHA, yeah, I’m sure Barry Hussein’s Regime will get RIIIIGHT on that!

Don’t hold your breath. She’s not the right religious persuasion.

If she were a persecuted follower of the Cult of Islam imprisoned by a bunch of Christians, we would have already had a state-sponsored hashtag and Hussein would have already droned some people in Sudan by now.

Meople on June 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

The problem here is that Christians don’t persecute muslims even though we have plenty of reason to actually do so…

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Death sentences, prison terms, and floggings for religious conversion are an affront to human rights, and a reflection of the oppression Christians face in much of the world.

So, the MSM will cover this wall-to-wall in the news today … oh, Christians. Never mind.

IrishEyes on June 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

As I said in an earlier post, the angle this needs to be attacked on is, “Why does Obama hate black women”?

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

And, yes, an answer to prayer.

Thank You, Jesus!

IrishEyes on June 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

As I said in an earlier post, the angle this needs to be attacked on is, “Why does Obama hate black women”?

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

That would take a news media not in the tank for him and/or a Republican/Independent with as much “push back” in them as a single Democrap.

In other words, not going to happen. Politically, anyway.

IrishEyes on June 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Indeed make it so

cmsinaz on June 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I note that no liberal has shown their face in this thread, not even to be happy this woman has finally had some good news.

Presumably they really are determined to show that I was correct. They are NOT happy a Christian was freed in the world.

As for the whole “End Times” thing: I’m guessing it will happen in my lifetime or my kids.

My reasoning? Until the US is destroyed or rendered harmless to the anti Semetic/anti Christian forces, no way a huge army to destroy Israel happens.

But with Obama and his cult in charge of the Democratic party, I can see how the US is rendered either impotent or actively hostile to Israel.

And the leftists will cheer every drop of Christian and Jewish blood spilled.

Vanceone on June 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The problem here is that Christians don’t persecute muslims even though we have plenty of reason to actually do so…

ConstantineXI on June 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I know this. I appreciate you pointing this out though, some readers might not have gotten that indirect point I was making.

Meople on June 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Update: There is good news on the asylum front, too, at least preliminarily:

The administration can help some woman in Sudan whose kids may or may not be US citizens yet refuses to even acknowledge that Marine being held hostage by Mexicans.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Very attractive woman.

bw222 on June 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Politics aside, I am very happy for that woman and her family. I admire her courage.

Drained Brain on June 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Like with the Marine in Mexico, the State Dept are slower than molasses.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Our President can’t even remember about our Marine held captive in Mexico. He never mentioned it while speaking to Mexico’s President this weekend! The guy is fast emulating Nero!

tomshup on June 23, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Tragic

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Excellent. Such a brave woman.

LASue on June 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

…meanwhile Pastor Saeed Abedini is still literally rotting in prison while the president allows his captors to build nuclear weapons.

Vigilante on June 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

bw222 You need glasses! But attractiveness is not relevant; what is relevant is that she has the backbone to stand up for her faith. That’s where the beauty lies.

AReadyRepub on June 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Praise God.

And just FYI—the State Dept has been unhelpful throughout this ordeal.

cthemfly on June 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Praise God.

Immolate on June 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM

She’s still not safe in her own country. I’m sure there’s some kind of terrorist group affiliated with the religion of peace that’s got her local address.

Kissmygrits on June 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

https://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

Weekly editorial, “Nearing Midnight”

I read it every Monday.

kozanne on June 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

https://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

Weekly editorial, “Nearing Midnight”

I read it every Monday.

kozanne on June 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Thank you. I knew it had to exist.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM

She’s still not safe in her own country. I’m sure there’s some kind of terrorist group affiliated with the religion of peace that’s got her local address.

Kissmygrits on June 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I’m sure our State Dept will accidently leak her address to the interested parties.

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

The barbarians relented. Praise the Lord.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 23, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Its pathetic that the wife of an American citizen facing death threats will have a tougher time getting into this country than murderous illegal alien gang members.

Iblis on June 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Holy Jesus, thank You, thank You

Thanks be to God

Shay on June 23, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Get on a plane, get across the border, get out. Screw the Sudanese.

They have greater issues to deal with and you don’t want to end up the same way the judge who sentenced Saddam did.

Get out.

archer52 on June 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Great. One small bright spot amid the miserable morass that is Islam.

RebeccaH on June 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The barbarians relented. Praise the Lord.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 23, 2014 at 3:11 PM

How many Guantanamo detainees in trade and how much cash did it take for them to relent?

hawkeye54 on June 23, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Thanks be to God!

WannabeAnglican on June 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Last week it was Justina Pelletier, today it’s Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, next is Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.

Don’t stop praying now, Christians.

And if you haven’t ‘started’ yet … why not?

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Its pathetic that the wife of an American citizen facing death threats will have a tougher time getting into this country than murderous illegal alien gang members.

Iblis on June 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

.
It’s her and her husband’s own fault. How is her coming into this country going to help the Democrat Party?
If her husband would have found a way to make her release and immigration beneficial to the Democrats, she wouldn’t have had to spend more than one week in that prison.

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

…meanwhile Pastor Saeed Abedini is still literally rotting in prison while the president allows his captors to build nuclear weapons.

Vigilante on June 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

.
Thanks Vigilante, I’d forgotten about that one.

listens2glenn on June 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Hope she finds freedom and safety.

c4 on June 23, 2014 at 10:03 PM

She’s pregnant, again.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Whatcha talkin’ ’bout, Willis? Ya of ya meds?

rightwink on June 24, 2014 at 12:42 AM

She’s pregnant, again.

Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I’m just a little old hayseed. Kindly explain to us regular folks exactly you meant, pal – a nice Christian Lady with kids, married to an American like myself, just got freed from an ugly African jail where she was held for being an unrepentant Christian. What do you have against that, pal? Why bring up some stuff about anything else that’s totally irrelevant, pal?

Would you make such an ugly comment if she were white? Needless to say, I’, repulsed by your comment. I’ve seen your name on other comments on conservative sites, and thought that you were a decent guy…

rightwink on June 24, 2014 at 1:27 AM

To the moderator:

Sorry for being so strident, but I personally strongly object to the comments of Schadenfreude on June 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM.

I urge you to examine the comment threads, examine the views expressed by Schadenfreude, and post your findings. I’m not going to make any more comments on this thread.

rightwink on June 24, 2014 at 1:51 AM