Sudan charges Meriam Ibrahim with fraud, bars her from leaving country

posted at 8:41 am on June 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The strange and enraging case of Meriam Yehia Ibrahim continues, and the news isn’t getting much better. Freed earlier in the week from prison and a death sentence for apostasy, the young Christian mother found herself and her family surrounded by 40 or more agents at the airport when they attempted to leave Sudan yesterday. She’s out on bail but facing new charges of document fraud:

The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for being a Christian has been released from her latest detention but has been charged with new crimes, MailOnline can reveal.

Meriam Ibrahim has been accused of falsifying travel documents as she tried to leave the African country hours after the death penalty was dropped against her.

It is understood that the authorities told her she should have used the Muslim name she had when she was born, not the Christian name she uses after choosing to worship that faith.

If that sounds a lot like the old case against Ibrahim, it is. Sudan apparently wants to force Ibrahim into admitting that she converted to Christianity; she has insisted all along that she wasn’t raised Muslim in the first place. It’s another bite at the same rotten apple, and completely inexplicable except for spite. At this point, with Sudan making itself look like a thug state, why not let Ibrahim leave and be rid of the bad public relations?

The US and Sudan exchanged some harsh words yesterday over the case, remotely and in person:

A diplomatic spat escalated Wednesday as Sudan summoned the U.S. ambassador over Washington’s attempts to assist a mother who had been sentenced to death for refusing to denounce Christianity. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was freed from death row on Monday but just one day later Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) re-arrested her at Khartoum’s airport. The NISS, a shadowy and feared institution, said on its Facebook page that Ibrahim and her family had been attempting to travel to the U.S. with documents from the embassy of South Sudan, which split from its northern neighbor in 2011 after years of civil war. It said she was carrying a U.S. visa, and that her attempts to use the documents were considered a “criminal offense.”

The bail for Ibrahim was posted by a friend, but she’s stuck in Sudan again unless the US can get her out. One activist group fighting religious oppression blames the US for keeping her stuck there in the first place:

Hardwired, a global social justice movement that mobilizes young leaders around the world to end religious oppression, noted in a Facebook post on Tuesday, however, that Meriam was only released Tuesday after a friend posted her bail and that individual will be penalized if she leaves the country before the charges are settled. …

The organization’s founder, Tina Ramirez, also called on Congress to investigate the way in which Meriam Ibrahim’s case was handled by the State Department.

She argues that the painful fiasco could have been avoided if U.S. embassy officials in Sudan had given Meriam’s U.S. citizen husband Daniel Wani the help he requested when he approached them with the case last September.

“The US government should have coordinated with the government of Sudan to get them out of the country. This is sloppy. They have had three years to sort this out and whenever Daniel has gone to the U.S. embassy in Sudan for help they have refused,” said Ramirez.

“I think that Congress should be investigating what happened here. The US says that it cares about human rights issues and this is something they should be caring about. It’s a total failure, it’s shameful,” she added.

That wouldn’t be a bad idea. In the meantime, maybe our own State Department should be calling the Sudanese ambassador on the carpet in Washington DC to make a few demands, too. This involves US citizens — arguably Ibrahim herself, and certainly the children — and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.


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Everything the Obama’s administration gets involved with turns to sh#t.

albill on June 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Can’t wait to see what hashtag Jan comes out with today.

BacaDog on June 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

So we can release five terrorists from Gitmo but we can’t get a U.S. citizen and his wife out of Sudan? I’d laugh if it wasn’t such a tragedy.

SLMeyer on June 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Everything the Obama’s administration gets involved with turns to sh#t.

albill on June 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Or doesn’t get involved with. The Obama clown show has a habit of sitting on its hands as the world turns to shiite.

NotCoach on June 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

What? The Obama administration FUBAR’d again? Who would have thought?

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

“I think that Congress should be investigating what happened here….

A nice idea, but

1) I think Obama has Congress’ investigative capacity maxed out right now with the Benghazi, VA, IRS, Bergdahl swap, etc.; and

2) The admin will just stonewall anyway.

rcpjr on June 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Totally OT:

Did I read this right…1st QTR GDP revised downward to negative -2.9%???…

Are you shittin’ me….

PatriotRider on June 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Totally OT:

Did I read this right…1st QTR GDP revised downward to negative -2.9%???…

Are you shittin’ me….

PatriotRider on June 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

It was cold back then……

Electrongod on June 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Did I read this right…1st QTR GDP revised downward to negative -2.9%???…
PatriotRider on June 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

It was revised down to 2.9, not minus 2.9.
http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-gdp-contracted-at-2-9-pace-in-first-quarter-1403699600

whatcat on June 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

The US and Sudan exchanged some harsh words yesterday over the case, remotely and in person:

So……… The US is willing to exchange harsh words with an African country but steadfastly refuses to weigh in on the Marine being held hostage in Mexico (no to mention the religious martyrs in several other nations).

Quick somebody get celebs to start a hashtag campaign or something. It is the only way this administration takes notice of what is going on in the world.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Electrongod on June 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

LOL! We should have had a pool set up for how long it took them to come out with that excuse.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.

But we don’t. Isn’t that obvious at this point?

BKeyser on June 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Did I read this right…1st QTR GDP revised downward to negative -2.9%???…
PatriotRider on June 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

U.S. GDP Dropped 2.9% In The First Quarter 2014, Down Sharply From Second Estimate

Something tells me there is a giant screw in our HA future!

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.

But we don’t. Isn’t that obvious at this point?

BKeyser on June 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

This. When a disorganized sh1thole like Sudan isn’t afraid of you, what does that tell you?

CurtZHP on June 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Rangers lead the way!

Akzed on June 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Sudan is hellbent on making this poor woman and her family as miserable as possible – if they can’t execute her outright.

whatcat on June 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

This poor family.

gophergirl on June 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I think Obama has Congress’ investigative capacity maxed out right now with the Benghazi, VA, IRS, Bergdahl swap, etc.; and

rcpjr on June 25, 2014 at 8:50 AM

You’ve reached the Congressional investigation hotline. All of our agents are busy right now but please stay on the line for the next available agent…………….. Your estimated wait time is 939 days, 15 hours, and 56 minutes.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Did the US blow an opportunity to get her out?

Wouldn’t be the first time

abobo on June 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

“For Fast & Furious, press 1. For IRS emails, press 2…”

Akzed on June 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Meriam should claim she knows the course manager at Augusta and can get deals on full rounds, Dog Eater would have her out of Sudan by this time tomorrow.

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Send in Captain Ingraham.

Lolo on June 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

We can’t have nice things while Obama fiddles.

22044 on June 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM

The woman has big hands, jeez.

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

They wouldn’t have dared do this even under Clinton.

It’s because we have a Sissy President.

Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I don’t think she will ever get out of the country alive, short of being rescued by Seal Team 6. The problem is a loss of face for Sudan, islam, and men generally in the region any one of which would be glad to cut her throat for daring to defy them…..i expect her to be killed by a masked group of islamic gunmen in the middle of the night soon.

clandestine on June 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

This. When a disorganized sh1thole like Sudan isn’t afraid of you, what does that tell you?

CurtZHP on June 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

It tells you that the United States as a first rate power is deader than the British Empire.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Still OT:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy-policy/2014/06/25/us-economy-shrinks-by-most-since-great-recession/

That says “US economy shrinks …” they didn’t revise down to a 2.9% growth rate, they revised to NEGATIVE growth.

Back OT:

For “some” reason, this Administration is unwilling to contest the application of foreign religious law to American citizens / family of American citizens.

Another note: The troops we’ve sent back into Iraq to assist … they’ll be subject to Iraqi law & the Iraqi Courts if, by some turn of events, Iraq decides they’ve become “bad guys.”

Given the Administration’s performance in this case, anyone want to wager that our guys would be left to twist in the wind?

BD57 on June 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Meanwhile, there’s a Marine in a Mexican jail that we can’t help either. I sense a trend.

HiJack on June 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

It’s a religious freedom issue.

The Obama admin isn’t going to waste it’s time on religious freedoms.

Unless you’re Muslim, of course.

lineholder on June 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I don’t think she will ever get out of the country alive, short of being rescued by Seal Team 6. The problem is a loss of face for Sudan, islam, and men generally in the region any one of which would be glad to cut her throat for daring to defy them…..i expect her to be killed by a masked group of islamic gunmen in the middle of the night soon.

clandestine on June 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

I am afraid you are correct.

“honor” killings are also happening in the United States now as well. Barring a miracle, the twin barbarisms of leftism and islam are bringing about another Dark Age.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

It tells you that the United States as a first rate power is deader than the British Empire.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Somewhere, probably on a golf course, the young King takes out his pen and crosses another item off his “to-do” list.

itsacookbook on June 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Somewhere, probably on a golf course, the young King takes out his pen and crosses another item off his “to-do” list.

itsacookbook on June 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

King Putt isn’t even out of bed yet. It’s only 9:22 AM.

But that cackling you hear is the Sith Lord Soros.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

This is why we have all them guns and stuff. Exactly this. May as well not have them if you’re ascared to use them.

Akzed on June 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM

“This involves US citizens — arguably Ibrahim herself, and certainly the children — and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.”

Seriously, Seriously?

The state department has had three years to get this right.

A Muslim being persecuted in a strictly Christian state might have better luck.

davod on June 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Send in the Marines and make a big mess. It’s way past time to make patty-cakes with Muslims.

rbj on June 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

i expect her to be killed by a masked group of islamic gunmen in the middle of the night soon.

clandestine on June 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

After which the dhimmi muslim apologists will tell us how this is all our fault for provoking the angry mob into doing it. “You know, this was a very emotional situation, and frustrations are bound to boil over. I mean, this woman’s nose was showing in all the photographs of her, and you know how offensive that is to some muslim men…”

CurtZHP on June 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

So, I guess the commentor in a previous thread who was so grossed out by her wedding picture prefers this look? Nothing like going from the 21st century back to 7th. The poor woman.

djl130 on June 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I’m going to toss a stinker into this discussion: Is the husband there actually traveling on a US passport? If not – if he is (or was, until he got in trouble) traveling on some other country’s passport – then screw him. If he went there claiming citizenship in another country, then he shouldn’t count as a US citizen for purposes of his legal troubles. We need to eliminate dual citizenship in every case (yes, even Israeli).

If he was traveling on a US passport, as an US citizen, then I think no stone should be left unturned – including a raid, if necessary – to get him and his family out of that hole. And, no, I don’t advocate that for every situation where Americans find themselves in hot water in some foreign Crapistan. I advocate it here because of the particular circumstances.

As to the OT:

It was revised down to 2.9, not minus 2.9.

whatcat on June 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

No, it contracted. That makes it a -2.9%.

GWB on June 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

State will get on this as soon as they get the Marine out of the jail in Mexico.

Kissmygrits on June 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I’m sure the frat boys in O’s administration are coming up with a strongly worded hashtag as we speak…

reaganaut on June 25, 2014 at 9:54 AM

“I’m sure the frat boys in O’s administration are coming up with a strongly worded hashtag as we speak…”

The real delay is in getting the # approved by the resident Imam.

davod on June 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Did the US blow an opportunity to get her out?

Is Obama a traitor?

Ward Cleaver on June 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Can’t wait to see what hashtag Jan comes out with today.

BacaDog on June 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

#BULLIES!

Ward Cleaver on June 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

We can’t get one of our SOLDIERS from Mexico where he has been strapped to a fricking bed naked , had his neck slit and severely injured – you think Obozo can get a CHRISTIAN WOMAN out of a MUSLIM COUNTRY!?!?!?

KMC1 on June 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

In a democracy you get the government you deserve.

Rancher on June 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM

In a democracy you get the government you deserve.

Rancher on June 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM

No. You get the government 50%+1 of the voters deserve.

GWB on June 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

This involves US citizens

That’s the problem, for this administration.

Any other third world degenerate citizen and Obama would be all over it.

Vigilante on June 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

This involves US citizens — arguably Ibrahim herself, and certainly the children — and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.

Since when has our government taken US citizenship seriously?

Occams Stubble on June 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM

What reason does Sudan have to believe the administration is serious about protecting anyone, anywhere? How’s #SupportUkraine and #BringBackOurGirls going? #FreeMeriam is just as meaningless and an absolute joke from this state department.

Zoomie on June 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Where is Obama? Where is John Kerry? Nantucket?

Fleuries on June 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Why the hell didn’t the State Dept. folks in Sudan who helped her get her visa accompany her to the frickin airport to make sure she got on the damn plane?? They knew she was in peril to begin with, so they gave her a visa and a pat on the back and wished her good luck? Brilliant.

chelie on June 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Unbelievable.

Our government is stuck on SUCK.

dogsoldier on June 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM

chelie on June 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Exactly.

GWB on June 25, 2014 at 10:40 AM

And where is that Marine? Still in a rotten jail in Mexico. We take care of our own right obama?

sandee on June 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Does anybody take the US seriously? At least the US led by Obama and Kerry? What are we goiing to do send a hashtag at them? I am not making light of this poor lady’s plight, bug this story is a microcosm of US impotence.

warmairfan on June 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The Choom Gang doesn’t protect “my people” unless they’re Moslem people.

formwiz on June 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Quick somebody get celebs to start a hashtag campaign or something. It is the only way this administration takes notice of what is going on in the world.

George Clooney is too busy with his new muslim fiancée.

Decaf on June 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Sudanese woman sentenced to death for Christianity
4h
Sudan summons US ambassador over attempts to assist a mother who had been sentenced to death for refusing to denounce Christianity – @NBCNews
Read more on nbcnews.com

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Seriously, the only thing master obama takes seriously is bringing this country to her knees and his golf game and endless photo ops.

crosshugger on June 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Hey, You have to understand. Sudan has to give the savages who live in that hellhole a chance to rape and murder the woman and her family. Can’t do that if she leaves.

Kuffar on June 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

After reading all of this, I have a sudden urge the watch “The Wind and the Lion” again.

carlcrosby29 on June 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

someone should invite her to the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic land of white male privilege, the USA! Where she’ll learn the true meaning of War on women. lol

Mitochondrion on June 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

…Mooch is going to be mad!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

This involves US citizens…and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.

Let’s send Ambassador Christopher Stevens—oh, never mind. What difference would it make, anyway? This administration only takes its leisure very very VERY seriously.

Ay Uaxe on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Why the hell didn’t the State Dept. folks in Sudan who helped her get her visa accompany her to the frickin airport to make sure she got on the damn plane?? They knew she was in peril to begin with, so they gave her a visa and a pat on the back and wished her good luck? Brilliant.

chelie on June 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Par for the course, Chris Stevens School of State Dept. Strategy

Shay on June 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

If this were an American Moslem being threatened by some Christian-fanatic sect somewhere, this administration would have sent in a Green Beret rescue team long ago. And Obummer would have held a Rose Garden presser bragging about it.

KS Rex on June 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

In the meantime, maybe our own State Department should be calling the Sudanese ambassador on the carpet in Washington DC to make a few demands, too. This involves US citizens — arguably Ibrahim herself, and certainly the children — and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.

She’s a Christian. The Obama administration has no interest in protecting her or her family.

If Obama will leave his own ambassador and 3 other Americans to die at the hands of terrorists, and abandon many more who survived despite his indifference to their fates, what makes anyone think he will lift a finger for this woman?

novaculus on June 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

So, they first accused her of lying by saying she was raised a Christian, and tried to force her to admit being born and raised Muslim. So they could find her guilty of apostasy and stone her to death.

Then a judge set that aside, determining that she was telling the truth and ordered her release. But the government arrested her again before she could leave the country, on the old “your papers are not in order” gambit, only releasing her after 48 hours.

Now she’s been arrested again on the original charge, with the government saying “Just confess that you left Islam, and we will…”

…release her to be murdered by the usual “non-governmental mob”.

My guess is they will kill her husband, too (for being a Christian), claim the children are really Muslims whom the couple were trying to “steal”, and spirit them away to be raised as good fanatical jihadis.

As for those who said they should have gone to the embassy, I agree. Of course, that would get them no closer to being out of the country, and remember that Islamists in that region have a history of attacking and destroying foreign embassies, including ours.

I do not believe the Ibrahims will ever leave Sudan alive. Short of a rescue mission roughly equivalent to Grenada. Which will absolutely never happen as long as The One is calling the shots.

If they somehow got to the embassy now, I’d be very surprised if he didn’t order them returned to the Sudanese authorities. Citing “reset buttons”, “respect”, and other shibboleths of his fetish for mystical, primitivist, violent regimes that hate the West.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

In the meantime, maybe our own State Department should be calling the Sudanese ambassador on the carpet in Washington DC to make a few demands, too. This involves US citizens — arguably Ibrahim herself, and certainly the children — and the government in Khartoum had better get the message quick that we take that very, very seriously.

The thing to do, is send our Fleet to get her. En route, explain that we’re there to pick them up, and we expect them to be waiting on the dock. When we get there, tell their headman that we have a question, and a message from our Leader. The question is, where are our citizens? When they ask what the message is, bombard a dozen mosques. Then ask, “Shall I repeat the question?”

OK, it’s not original. But it is how things are done, over there; and as long as they think we’re a paper tiger we’ll get nowhere. OTOH, if they see that we are a real tiger, with teeth, claws, and the inclination to use them; we might get somewhere.

ReggieA on June 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

President Charlie Brown.

WryTrvllr on June 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Send in the Marines and make a big mess. It’s way past time to make patty-cakes with of Muslims.

rbj on June 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Works better.

WryTrvllr on June 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

works great!

WryTrvllr on June 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM