Reuters: US, Sudan negotiating exit for Meriam Ibrahim

posted at 10:01 am on June 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Look like the move to the US embassy in Khartoum has paid off for Meriam Ibrahim, the young Christian mother sentenced to death for her faith in Sudan. Now out of the reach of Sudanese security forces, Reuters reports that Sudan has now begun negotiations to get Ibrahim and her family out of the country:

Sudanese authorities and U.S. officials in Khartoum are negotiating to allow a Sudanese woman, who married an American and was recently spared the death penalty for converting to Christianity, to leave Sudan, sources close to the case said. …

“There are talks going on currently between Sudanese and American officials to try to find a way for Mariam and her family to leave the country,” a source close to the case said asking not to be named as he was not authorized to talk to the media. … “The talks now are aiming to get her out of Sudan on a Sudanese passport,” the source said.

That’s the smart play for Sudan, even if they are getting dragged to the solution kicking and screaming. The US embassy is not going to let Ibrahim get taken by Sudanese security again, and they can keep her there as long as it takes. This is a stalemate that works in favor of the Ibrahims, and the longer it goes the more impotent the regime in Khartoum looks.

And that’s a problem for Omar al-Bashir and his regime in general already. AFP marks the 25th anniversary of Bashir’s “salvation” Islamist junta in Sudan, which has been a regional disaster. The case of Meriam Ibrahim just shines a particularly bright spotlight on a brutal and kleptocratic government whose thirst for war may only be exceeded by the personal greed of the ruling elite:

Bashir, 70, is accused of war crimes in the Darfur region and has maintained power despite internal divisions within his ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

He presides over a country where the number of people needing food and other aid rose 40 percent over the past year and millions have been displaced by the wars and unrest which have touched about half of Sudan’s states.

The country’s image sank even lower in May when a judge sentenced a pregnant Christian woman to hang for “apostasy”, a ruling later overturned but which sparked an outcry from Western governments and human rights groups.

Sudan is bereft of hard currency, internationally isolated and billions of dollars in debt, ranking near bottom in global measures of human development, perceived corruption and press freedom.

Many of Sudan’s 34 million people live in houses made of mud brick while workers put the final touches to a new presidential palace near the banks of the Blue Nile.

Needless to say, Sudan has lots of other problems more pressing than recapturing Ibrahim on whatever trumped-up charges they can find. However, this litany of outrages may explain why the Bashir regime has refused to quietly allow Ibrahim to leave Sudan and end the international scrutiny the case has brought. Their only constituency outside of those that Bashir’s party can bribe is probably the hard-line Islamists who see Ibrahim as a test case to Bashir’s commitment to shari’a law. If Khartoum had shrugged off Ibrahim, they might have found themselves even more isolated — and that may make it difficult for the US to pin Sudan down on a deal to let Ibrahim leave, too. We’ll see.


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Many of Sudan’s 34 million people live in houses made of mud brick while workers put the final touches to a new presidential palace near the banks of the Blue Nile.

This represents the state of the art of islamic technology.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I don’t understand why we even have an embassy in a place like that. I’m thankful she and her family are in relative safety but I’d rather all of them, embassy included, just packed up and left.

Prayers continuing.

Shay on June 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I’m sure our side will negotiate like the real hardasses they are.

US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan
By Hendrick Simoes
Stars and Stripes [404 PAGE NOT FOUND!]
Published: June 26, 2014 (thanks to witness)

Ali Hassan, a base cultural adviser at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, briefs about 150 U.S. personnel about Islam, the Islamic lunar calender, and about customs and traditions during Ramadan, Tuesday.

MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.

Akzed on June 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM

The US embassy is not going to let Ibrahim get taken by Sudanese security again, and they can keep her there as long as it takes

You have more confidence in our State Department than I do.

Flange on June 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

This is why colonialism was a good idea.

formwiz on June 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Where’s George Clooney when you need him?
Oh, a Christian woman you say?
Never mind.

leftamark on June 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Obama can interject himself in this situation but won’t lift one of his carefully manicured hands to help the Marine being held hostage by Mexico. Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on June 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

So, the question is “Was this the Sudanese plan all along?”
Was it all just a ploy to extort some concessions from the US in exchange for the life on an innocent woman?

Count to 10 on June 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

GITMO about to get a little lighter?

BKeyser on June 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

If she’s in our embassy, why do we need to negotiate anything?

Put her on a US chopper and fly her out. If anyone shoots, then shoot back.

faraway on June 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Sudan’s negotiating position;

Give us the apostate and the Christian that we may kill them. The children are Muslim and will be raised by the apostate’s brother.

U.S. negotiating position;

Uh. yeah. Right. What-ever.

Sudan’s government sees itself in a position of strength. Simply put, there is no way to get them out of the country because even without “security forces” intervening (as they have over and over again), they will be torn to pieces by a “spontaneous” mob, which is no doubt already laid on.

The only thing they might be worried about is U.S. military intervention, and they know that won’t happen any more than it did at Benghazi.

This is a propaganda campaign for Bashir’s regime’, and they intend to win. A win does not include any “magnanimous gesture” on their part, because the Qu’ran demands the death of the “criminals who have attacked Islam”. And they have the local mullahocracy backing them up.

The Islamists have taken the measure of this President, and know they can do as they please. That’s why things like this happen.

The Ibrahims are just more innocents caught between a psychotic worldview- and a psychotic religion.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Do we have any Sudanese terrorists in Gitmo we can exchange for her?

ezspirit on June 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Just parking this here: State Sponsors Of Terrorism

BigGator5 on June 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Do we have any Sudanese terrorists in Gitmo we can exchange for her?

ezspirit on June 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

she’s Christian, it would never happen.

phatfawzi on June 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I have a funny feeling that if the US stopped all foreign aid payments, she would not only be allowed to leave, the Sudanese officials would give her a police escort to the airport.

Foreign Aid: Taking money from poor Americans to give to wealth, corrupt foreigners.

RoadRunner on June 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Where’s George Clooney when you need him?
Oh, a Christian woman you say?
Never mind.

leftamark on June 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM

.
He did … it just didn’t get any broadcast time.

listens2glenn on June 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

this is wonderful news, I prayed that she and her family make it here, BUT……
We have a US Marine sitting in a Mexican jail for accidently crossing into Mexico with LEGAL guns in the US.
And neither our President or State Dept give a shit about him.

I just think the world is on fire!!!

mmcnamer1 on June 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Allah would help out but most of his time is spent on creating virgins for the ever increasing number of martyrs being generated by the “Religion of Peace.”

Annar on June 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Oops, the previous message was a reply tp:
This represents the state of the art of islamic technology.

ConstantineXI on June 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Annar on June 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

listens2glenn on June 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Wow. I see. He’s railing on about the Sudanese gov’t in general, not Meriam in particular. Seems like a golden opportunity for him to be a hero (instead of just playing one).

leftamark on June 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The Ibrahims are just more innocents caught between a psychotic worldview- and a psychotic religion.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Your opinions are always a pleasure to read. I think you are right.

Mord on June 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Do we not have helicopter gunships in Africa? Don’t the crews need live-fire training occasionally?

Dolce Far Niente on June 28, 2014 at 11:51 AM

. Now out of the reach of Sudanese security forces, Reuters reports that Sudan has now begun negotiations to get Ibrahim and her family out of the country:

…so that means JugEars will write a big check…and we are hacking into the Sudanese internet system …to block the availability to run UTube videos?

JugEarsButtHurt on June 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Obama can interject himself in this situation but won’t lift one of his carefully manicured hands to help the Marine being held hostage by Mexico. Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on June 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I don’t know that our Sgt will garner the worldwide attention she has. He *has* gotten the 100k+ signatures on the WH petition site but we’ve all seen what Obama’s promises are worth.

There is something we can do…

Shay on June 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Wonder how many millions of our tax dollars will be heading to Sudan now.

Meanwhile a US Marine still awaits a bogus trial right next door in a Mexican jail, and no one’s lifted a finger.

Unfortunately we’re all to aware of this administration’s screwed p priorities.

Oxymoron on June 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM


If she’s in our embassy, why do we need to negotiate anything? Put her on a US chopper and fly her out. If anyone shoots, then shoot back. faraway on June 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Akzed on June 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Many of Sudan’s 34 million people live in houses made of mud brick while workers put the final touches to a new presidential palace near the banks of the Blue Nile.

“I can feel your schruggle” — Michelle obama.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

And meanwhile, our citizen and veteran sits rotting in a Mexican jail suffering and not having his PTSD treated.

I quite literally am disgusted by the lack of concern.

KMC1 on June 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

So, the question is “Was this the Sudanese plan all along?”
Was it all just a ploy to extort some concessions from the US in exchange for the life on an innocent woman?

Count to 10 on June 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

IMHO, the Long Answer is: Yes…after all, it works for Iran, North Korea, Chicago (Cook County), and Coming Soon- Detroit.

BlaxPac on June 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

If Bark had a sister that needed honor killing, she would look like her.

BL@KBIRD on June 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM