Report: Meriam Ibrahim freed again, to leave Sudan

posted at 10:01 am on June 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Needless to say, this one won’t be over until Meriam Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani, and their two children land in the US, so don’t take this as a final disposition by any means. According to the Daily Mail, the government in Sudan buckled under international pressure again and released the family this morning from fraud charges, allowing them to travel to South Sudan:

The Christian mother who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to become a Muslim was finally freed today from her latest detention – and could now come to the US.

Associated Press reported Meriam Ibrahim was freed after 48 hours in jail for problems with her paperwork that stopped her from leaving the African country.

She is now set to fly to South Sudan and from there on to America where she could start her new life.

Campaigners however have urged caution and said that they will wait until Meriam actually gets out of Sudan before celebrating.

No kidding. At the moment, she’s still in Khartoum:

Lawyers for Meriam Ibrahim, 27, said she was released from a police station in Khartoum upon pressure on the government from foreign diplomats.

Antonella Napoli, the chairwoman of Ngo Italians for Darfur, told IBTimes UK that, according to local sources, Ibrahim was taken to a Khartoum safe house by local authorities upon release to keep her safe until formal procedures to allow her to leave the country were completed.

What happened when she first left? NBC reports that Meriam’s brother pushed Sudanese police to take her back into custody:

Authorities said she had been stopped because her travel documents were illegitimate. But in an interview with a Sudanese newspaper, her brother claimed he tipped off police that she had been “kidnapped” by her husband who planned to take her to the U.S. against her will.

The brother, Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, said that her blood relatives should have been told she was about to be released from death row – rather than her Christian husband. “They did not let us know that she was about to be freed,” he told Sudan’s Al Intibaha newspaper according to a translation by the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph. “It was a surprise for us.”

Ibrahim’s initial charge for apostasy in August last year came after a family member told authorities she had converted from Islam to Christianity, which is punishable by death in Sudan. Her brother’s comments, published Wednesday, chime with earlier suggestions that the charges may have been part of a family feud stoked by differences of religion and attempts to seize her assets.

That may not be the last attempt by her brother to keep her in Sudan, especially if this involves “assets,” which are unspecified in the report. Hopefully be now, this has become so embarrassing for the Sudanese government that they’re going to expedite her exit just to get this behind them, but that should have been the case on Monday — and the government sent 40 or more agents to arrest a young Christian mother traveling with two babies.

This gives an indication of the hostility that practicing Christians experience in that region of the world, but not the extremes of the hostility and fear. Meriam Ibrahim may be fortunate enough to avoid those, assuming that Sudan finally allows her to leave. We’ll see.


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Here’s hoping she gets out this time.

verbaluce on June 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

God speed

gwelf on June 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Get back to me when they get out Sudan’s air space.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

No problem – Marie Harf at the State Dept says they’re monitoring the situation so we have nothing to worry about/

Shay on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

…this one won’t be over until Meriam Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani, and their two children land in the US,

It won’t be over then either. I wouldn’t discount an islamist making an example of that family. With Obama’s incompetence abroad they may feel emboldened to act more frequently directly in the US.

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

This gives an indication of the hostility that practicing Christians experience in that region of the world, but not the extremes of the hostility and fear. Meriam Ibrahim may be fortunate enough to avoid those, assuming that Sudan finally allows her to leave. We’ll see.

It’s becoming increasingly harder to be a practicing Christian in the US as well under the Obama Regime.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Looks like the greatest threat she faces is a potential “honor” killing by her brother. Get her and her family out of there now.

NotCoach on June 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I will not believe she is truly free until her plane is “wheels down” in a free country.

Tinker on June 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

This same brother has also threatened to kill her for “dishonoring” their family, if the government didn’t.

notropis on June 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Meriam’s brother pushed Sudanese police to take her back into custody:

Heckuva religion which demands you kill your sister.

rbj on June 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

It won’t be over then either. I wouldn’t discount an islamist making an example of that family. With Obama’s incompetence abroad they may feel emboldened to act more frequently directly in the US.

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Exactly. There are islamic nut jobs here too.

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Once out of there she has to avoid being honor killed when she steps off the plane in America.

BL@KBIRD on June 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Authorities said she had been stopped because her travel documents were illegitimate. But in an interview with a Sudanese newspaper, her brother claimed he tipped off police that she had been “kidnapped” by her husband who planned to take her to the U.S. against her will.

The brother, Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, said that her blood relatives should have been told she was about to be released from death row – rather than her Christian husband. “They did not let us know that she was about to be freed,” he told Sudan’s Al Intibaha newspaper according to a translation by the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph. “It was a surprise for us.”

Ibrahim’s initial charge for apostasy in August last year came after a family member told authorities she had converted from Islam to Christianity, which is punishable by death in Sudan. Her brother’s comments, published Wednesday, chime with earlier suggestions that the charges may have been part of a family feud stoked by differences of religion and attempts to seize her assets.

More precisely, I suspect she was to be the subject of an “honor killing”, along with her husband. After which her brother would have “adopted” their two children, and of course (under Sha’ria law) become “conservator” of her and her husband’s assets “for the benefit of the children”.

And it may happen yet. Even after they leave South Sudan.

Assuming they ever do. Keep in mind that this is the part of the country where various Islamist “militias” specialize in killing Christians, animists… and “apostates”.

The Ibrahims may have been “released” from the frying pan… into the fire.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Sad

cmsinaz on June 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I would cheer if something happened to that brother.

Blake on June 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Get back to me when they get out Sudan’s air space.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Yep – I want to see them on US soil.

gophergirl on June 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Heckuva religion which demands you kill your sister.

rbj on June 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Brothers, uncles and cousins get to rape her before they kill her. It’s a Muslim thing, you wouldn’t understand.

BL@KBIRD on June 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Okay, this is beginning to sound like “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead”.

whatcat on June 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

If she doesn’t believe in gay/tranny marriage, will she be allowed in the US?

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Add my voice to those concerned that this won’t be over for her & her family even when they get to the U.S. They’ll have to spend years, perhaps the rest of their lives, looking over their shoulders for fear of some crazed person seeking to “redeem the family’s honor.”

BD57 on June 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

…islamic nut jobs…

ConstantineXI on June 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I have been assured that Islam is a religion of peace, you xenophobic racist [splutter splutter drool] right wing terrorist!

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Hopefully be now, this has become so embarrassing for the Sudanese government

Somehow I don’t think “embarrassment” is a concept the Sudan government understands.

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Meriam’s brother pushed Sudanese police to take her back into custody

Family love, Islamic style.

rukiddingme on June 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Why in three days? If they’re so embarrassed, why not today? What’s being set up? I’ll keep on praying for this family but it’s hard to keep my hopes up.

Shay on June 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Heckuva religion which demands you kill your sister.

rbj on June 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Yep. I have had those days when choking sis was an appealing idea. MY religion got me past it.

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I’ll keep on praying for this family but it’s hard to keep my hopes up.

Shay on June 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

God’s got this either way.

Daniel 3:17-18: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

CurtZHP on June 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Islam! The religion of Peace! And if you don’t believe that, WE’LL KILL YOU!

GarandFan on June 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

God’s got this either way.

Daniel 3:17-18: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

CurtZHP on June 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Thank you for this. I’m holding onto it.

Shay on June 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

What can anyone possibly say to redeem a “religion” that inspires such lust for murder? And why would any sane government allow those cultists to roam among us?

SteveThomas on June 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

What can anyone possibly say to redeem a “religion” that inspires such lust for murder? And why would any sane government allow those cultists to roam among us?

SteveThomas on June 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Have you taken a look at the people elected to office
in this country?? Hell, they are straight from the Pod room
in the movie Aliens with Sigourney Weaver…

ToddPA on June 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM

What did Obama do to help???? She must have gotten released despite what he didn’t do. Oh they will say he worked behind the scenes quietly but I don’t believe it because he loves toe lime light too much. Glad she is being released. How much longer will it be a crime here in the US to be a Christian?

garydt on June 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Christian clickbait.

antisense on June 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Here’s the message that should be sent to that government:

“Meriam Ibrahim and her family alive or Khartoum DEAD!”

evilned on June 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

How ’bout sending a Ranger battalion to escort her to the plane and a carrier battle group to escort the plane?

Just to be sure.

formwiz on June 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Christian clickbait.

antisense on June 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

So, you think she should not have been freed then? Perhaps executed by the government in Khartoum for apostasy?

Doomberg on June 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

It’s probably a good thing she was in jail. The family would have had her killed. I hope she know she will still be in danger if she gets here.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Christian clickbait.

antisense on June 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

And you promptly clicked. Good for you.

katy the mean old lady on June 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

So, you think she should not have been freed then? Perhaps executed by the government in Khartoum for apostasy?

Doomberg on June 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

All cultures are equally valid, and we should respect the customs and sensibilities of all peoples. Certainly, what this woman and her family have gone through is regrettable, but they need to understand that they have offended the culture in which they were raised. Sudan is a great nation and we should respect the decisions they make, no matter how unfortunate they may seem to us, coming from the perspective of Western Civilization, which we all know exploits the world, hates woman and gays, and really doesn’t count as a culture at all.

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

/s

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Let’s hope this is the last we hear about Meriam and that the rest of her life is wonderful.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

All cultures are equally valid, and we should respect the customs and sensibilities of all peoples.

Tell that to the Jews under Nazi Germany, the Aztecs under the Conquistadors, the Native Americans under early American history, the Chinese under WW2 Japan, and the myriad of other examples of abhorrent behavior.

There is a level of behavior that must be respected ABOVE any government or culture. They are called basic human rights and there is NO excuse, be it cultural or religious that excuses things like genocide, forced religious conversion, honor killings, etc.

SpudmanWP on June 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Christian clickbait.

antisense on June 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Your head will be cut off, first. They watch you.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

…this one won’t be over until Meriam Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani, and their two children land in the US,

It won’t be over then either. I wouldn’t discount an islamist making an example of that family. With Obama’s incompetence abroad they may feel emboldened to act more frequently directly in the US.

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

…but local authorities and the media will report anything that happens…as an ‘accident’ !

JugEarsButtHurt on June 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

It’s probably a good thing she was in jail. The family would have had her killed. I hope she know she will still be in danger if she gets here.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

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They should be flown out of there in a “black” aircraft, land at a CIA “black site” airfield, and hustled right into the witness protection program.
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listens2glenn on June 26, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Christian clickbait.

antisense on June 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Apparently we’re supposed to take the username at face-value.
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So, you think she should not have been freed then? Perhaps executed by the government in Khartoum for apostasy?

Doomberg on June 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

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All cultures are equally valid, and we should respect the customs and sensibilities of all peoples.

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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Now there’s a “soft-headed, appeasement statement” if there ever was one.
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Certainly, what this woman and her family have gone through is regrettable . . . . .

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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Thanks for that concession … I guess it’s the best we’re going to get from you.
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but they need to understand that they have offended the culture in which they were raised.

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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The common sense of human rights is offended by that “culture”.
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Sudan is a great nation and we should respect the decisions they make, no matter how unfortunate they may seem to us, coming from the perspective of Western Civilization, which we all know exploits the world, hates woman and gays, and really doesn’t count as a culture at all.

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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That settles it … pack-up all of the women and gays who are being oppressed by “Western Civilization”, and ship them to Sudan, because at least Sudan has an actual “culture”.
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What country do you live in, Fenris ?

listens2glenn on June 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Never

Never

N EV ER
travel to a moslem country.

NEVER allow a female relative to marry a moslem.

NEVER

thelastminstrel on June 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Fenris “All cultures are equally valid, and we should respect the customs and sensibilities of all peoples.”
EXCEPT – America’s culture.
EXCEPT – the ‘customs and sensibilities’ of Americans

My friend, you have drunk from a poisoned well.

thelastminstrel on June 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

/s

Fenris on June 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Some of you seem to have missed this part

Shay on June 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I would cheer if something happened to that brother.

Blake on June 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

This is what drones are for: Protecting Americans against those who would kill them (or have them killed). Drone the brother, and if his family dies then that should discourage the others.

Here’s the message that should be sent to that government:
“Meriam Ibrahim and her family alive or Khartoum DEAD!”

evilned on June 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

How ’bout sending a Ranger battalion to escort her to the plane and a carrier battle group to escort the plane?
Just to be sure.

formwiz on June 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Yes, exactly. But I would prefer a battleship and battle group. (We still have one serviceable in Hawaii, IIRC.) Nice thing about 17″ navel guns – what they throw, isn’t stopped with a Stinger missile. Carrier aircraft do have that problem! And it makes a better show, sitting there on the horizon, just off your capital. Nothing says gunboat diplomacy like a BMF boat with BMF guns!

ReggieA on June 26, 2014 at 11:49 PM