Report: Meriam Ibrahim has been freed again

posted at 10:01 pm on June 24, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Meriam Ibrahim, a young mother married to an American man, had been sentenced to death in Sudan for allegedly converting to the Christian faith but got a reprieve yesterday thanks to international outcry. However, authorities picked her and her family up again at the airport as she attempted to leave the country. Both Christian Post and the BBC report tonight that she has been released again:

The joy of her release was short-lived, however, as she and her Christian husband were detained at an airport in Sudan less than 24 hours following her release. But another update on Tuesday has confirmed that Ibrahim has once again been released by Sudanese authorities.

“They were temporarily detained for several hours over questions related to their documents,” Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. state department told journalists, adding that Sudan had guaranteed to the U.S. that the family was now safe.

A Sudanese official earlier told the BBC that Ibrahim had been using South Sudanese papers to leave the country and needed to obtain a passport and exit visa prior to her release.

The report speculated that the National Intelligence and Security Service — a key stakeholder in Sudanese politics — was unhappy with the recent decision to release Ibrahim and that “re-arresting her and her family was a way of making this point to the rest of the Sudanese government.”

“It is also conceivable that one part of NISS accepted Mrs Ibrahim’s release, while another section was not happy with it. Mrs Ibrahim’s release and re-arrest simply underline the fact that there are many decision-makers in Sudanese politics, and they do not always agree with each other,” it added.

This seems like a situation where we’d want some consular representatives, maybe even embassy Marines, accompanying her as she leaves the country to prevent exactly what happened today. Did we? The State Department doesn’t know. From State’s press briefing today, of course:

HARF: The State Department has been informed by the Sudanese government that the family was temporarily detained at the airport for several hours by the government for questioning over issues related to their travel and I think travel documents. They have not been arrested. The government has assured us of their safety. The embassy has been and will remain highly involved in working with the family and the government. We are engaging directly with Sudanese officials to secure their safe and swift departure from Sudan and of course we’ll provide more information as we get it.

. . .

Q: You don’t know at the moment if someone from the embassy had eyes on them..?
HARF: I’m sorry I just don’t I’m happy to check with our folks.

Let’s hope she stays free this time. Perhaps Marie Harf and Jen Psaki could tweet the embassy instructions to #BringBackOurGirl by showing up at the airport with some security for this woman. It seems like very little to expect for someone who’s married to an American citizen and whom international outcry has extricated from a very dangerous situation.

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Just get them outta there.

gophergirl on June 24, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I hope it’s true. And get the family out of there. Anyone who blocks them should be killed.

rbj on June 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Hopefully they find a safe place to hide in America and their address isn’t accidentally turned over to CAIR in some governmental Muslim reach-out and used computer gifting ceremony for Ramadan.

BL@KBIRD on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

How can the US State Dept. not have “escorted” them out of the country?

This administration is a disgrace on so many levels.

They are not safe there.

CoffeeLover on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I won’t breath a sigh of relief until I’m sure they’re out of that country and in a country where Sharia is not enforced.

Steven Den Beste on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I won’t assume they’re safe even when they’re on American soil. I firmly believe that there is no limit to how low this administration will stoop to curry favor with the Islamists.

If the government offers them a safehouse, I’d suggest they take sanctuary with a church group, instead. At an “undisclosed location”.

Just because government officials charged with protecting them might be trustworthy does not guarantee that those giving the orders to those offcials are.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I won’t breath a sigh of relief until I’m sure they’re out of that country and in a country where Sharia is not enforced.

Steven Den Beste

and

Hopefully they find a safe place to hide in America and their address isn’t accidentally turned over to CAIR in some governmental Muslim reach-out and used computer gifting ceremony for Ramadan.

BL@KBIRD

sums it up

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

eon on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

My concern also.

PatriotGal2257 on June 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

It’s amazing how when you travel, one always seem so heave a sigh of relief when you’ve landed back in the USA.

Hope it always stays that way. Didn’t want to end the comment on that note, but had to.

kurtzz3 on June 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Well, now I hope they can take care of that disgusting wedding photo!

/asteronii

Dolce Far Niente on June 24, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Get her OUT OF THERE to a country without a barbarian population (muslims).

ConstantineXI on June 24, 2014 at 10:55 PM

“I think it is a fair question to ask why the administration put her in a position where the Sudanese government could forcibly take her into custody again. Their stated intentions to torture and murder her had been made clear,” Cruz said.

Note that the BBC report, an update from an earlier one, says: “The security authorities have not stated why she was apprehended and they are still being held in a security building at the airport,” the lawyer added.

I am not breathing easier until I see more evidence. As others have stated, they won’t be completely safe anywhere, but they’ll be safer here than they are in Sudan. God help them. O God make speed to save them; O Lord make haste to help them.

Shay on June 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

This one says she expected to stay in police custody for 24 hours.

Those of you who pray please pray for this family

Shay on June 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Those of you who pray please pray for this family

Shay on June 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM

I do, and am.

katy the mean old lady on June 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Wait. I thought conservatives were supposed to be racists. Don’t you idiots realize they are like all black and brown and stuff?! Where is the outrageous outrage?! Geez!

/s [if needed]

I truly hope they make it. Godspeed. [or temporary, insincere allahspeed if it helps them]

stvnscott on June 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM

I’m really confused why they didn’t simply go into the American embassy. It is sovereign territory of the US so there’s nothing the local government could do. (Yes, islamists could but it’s doubtful they would give the US that excuse to invade)

The State Department should obviously close most embassies because it is unwilling to protect Americans so there is no point in having them.

platypus on June 25, 2014 at 12:18 AM

How can the US State Dept. not have “escorted” them out of the country?

This administration is a disgrace on so many levels.

They are not safe there.

CoffeeLover on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

It’s because she converted to Christianity.

When she gets here, the IRS will be after her.

itsnotaboutme on June 25, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Great news!

Now, get the family on a private jet immediately to get them out of Sudan.

The State Department should not say another peep until they are ready to announce that the family has been safely resettled in an “undisclosed location” with new names. And that should be the final statement on the subject.

wren on June 25, 2014 at 12:50 AM

We will trade Obama and Michelle for Meriam Ibrahim and her husband.

redguy on June 25, 2014 at 1:06 AM

“Perhaps Marie Harf and Jen Psaki could tweet the embassy instructions to #BringBackOurGirl by showing up at the airport with some security for this woman.”

What security? A couple of political officers with iPads? Or dudes with guns? And the next time we want to execute a Mexican maybe the Federales can just come bust him out and hustle him through LAX with guns drawn. Probably would go over just as well as sending “security” through the Khartoum airport.

DoS does not (and cannot; per consular conventions) do that kind of thing. Under any administration. The host government is sovereign and calls the shots.

guinneach on June 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

What security? A couple of political officers with iPads? Or dudes with guns? And the next time we want to execute a Mexican maybe the Federales can just come bust him out and hustle him through LAX with guns drawn.

What a bunch of strawman garbage, and as if those silly options were all we had even if it weren’t.

She is not an international terrorist or a spy. She and her husband are two private citizens on the run for their very lives from a failed state and a bloody-handed ‘religion’. As little as a handful of helicopters (one transport with a couple gunships as deterrents) could have had them out in a flash and the Sudanese ‘government’ would be able to do little more than call us nasty names.

The host government is sovereign and calls the shots.

guinneach on June 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

The host government is one and a half steps above savagery and their Muslim influencers are a two-story staircase of steps below that.

She is in very real danger of torture and death from people who make a starving police dog look like a teddy bear. She will be in danger until the moment she hits American shores and is whisked off to an undisclosed location. Her ‘crime’ is walking off the plantation of an utterly barbaric religion in the nation of her birth.

If our nation still had a spine we would be entirely justified in an explosive demonstration to the ‘authorities’ that terrorizing their own citizens for leaving the brutish influence of Islam was at least frowned upon.

LawfulGood on June 25, 2014 at 2:24 AM

Hopefully they will be able to get out of there.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Why are our politicians so silent about the evils of Islam? I don’t think “religion of peace” means what you think it means. We should be publicly renouncing Islam the same way we do Nazism. Why does Islam get a pass?

Mojave Mark on June 25, 2014 at 6:15 AM

I was under the impression that marrying a US citizen makes one a US citizen. If so, in addition to the suggested Marine escorts she should have had her US passport, not leaving under her Sudanese papers. Foggy Bottom dropped the ball on this – again.

Surellin on June 25, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Why are our politicians so silent about the evils of Islam? I don’t think “religion of peace” means what you think it means. We should be publicly renouncing Islam the same way we do Nazism. Why does Islam get a pass?

Mojave Mark on June 25, 2014 at 6:15 AM

I believe the answer is this cult of death and hatred passes itself off as a religion, and no American wants to renounce a religion because we are the land of “free to worship.”

itsacookbook on June 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

harf and psaki equals barf and patooey…they are way too cool to do their jobs…..hashtag clusterfark

crosshugger on June 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

The host government is sovereign and calls the shots. guinneach on June 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Like Granada.

Akzed on June 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Apparently many of us have the Department of State confused with the Department of Defense. With some Hollywood thrown in for good measure.

A couple of helicopters? Helicopters to where?

Second, marriage to a US citizen does not make someone an automatic citizen. There’s a process involved that takes time.

Finally, a person can take asylum in an embassy thats true. And maybe that would have been an option for this couple until some kind of guarantee off safe passage was given. But once the woman was released the first time, I think any reasonable person would have assumed that she and her family would have been able to board a plane without much fanfare.

Im as critical of this administration as anyone, but there’s a lot of ignorance on display here as it pertains to the abilities of the State Dept. If you want to put the grab on someone you had better call DoD because State doesnt have that capability.

guinneach on June 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

guinneach on June 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

The children are US citizens.

Akzed on June 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

The State Department should obviously close most embassies because it is unwilling to protect Americans so there is no point in having them.

platypus on June 25, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Especially in majority Muslim countries run by savages. Oh, sorry, hope I didn’t offend anyone/

Shay on June 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Akzed

Granada is a city in Spain.

Grenada is an island in the Caribbean which was essentially overrun by the Cubans. I fail to see the parallels here, especially since it was not the State Dept that liberated Grenada.

I never said the children werent citizens. Someone suggested that the wife was an automatic citizen by virtue of her marriage, which is not the case. I believe it has already been established that the children are citizens but even that is not automatic for children born overseas. There is a process by which a citizen can transmit their citizenship to their children born abroad and it largely depends on how much time the citizen parent has spent in the US prior to the birth.

guinneach on June 25, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I was under the impression that marrying a US citizen makes one a US citizen. If so, in addition to the suggested Marine escorts she should have had her US passport, not leaving under her Sudanese papers. Foggy Bottom dropped the ball on this – again.

Surellin on June 25, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Marrying a US citizen gives one eligibility for Permanent Resident Alien (Green Card) status, with eventual citizenship, if desired. I married a non-American, that’s how I know. Unless the laws have changed over recent years.

No US passport until US citizenship, BTW.

ncinca on June 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Our SD is loaded with bumble-headed idiots starting with John (I served in Vietnam) Kerry. Psaki and Harf are an incredible embarrassment to the country, but typical of this administration.

ultracon on June 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Short and sweet! Harf is one dumb bleach blonde who loves the limelight as she lies like a carpet on the floor, but well paid by the administration to be thrown under the bus. She is one sick lying puppy, even about the traitor, Bowe!

Roselle on June 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Why are our politicians so silent about the evils of Islam? I don’t think “religion of peace” means what you think it means. We should be publicly renouncing Islam the same way we do Nazism. Why does Islam get a pass?

Mojave Mark on June 25, 2014 at 6:15 AM

I believe the answer is this cult of death and hatred passes itself off as a religion, and no American wants to renounce a religion because we are the land of “free to worship.”

itsacookbook on June 25, 2014 at 7:37 AM

The. Money. Quote.

Winner, Winner. Chicken Dinner.

He scores!

Touchdown!

thejackal on June 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM