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Friday 19 September 2014

Woman on death row for deserting Islam 'gave birth in chains'

Harriet Alexander

Published 30/05/2014 | 02:30

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Meriam Ibrahim, who has been sentenced to death in Sudan, and her husband Daniel Wani.Photo: Global Justice Centre Sudan

Daniel Wani, the husband of the Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy, has spoken for the first time of his delight at seeing his baby daughter – and his anger at the authorities' insistence on keeping Meriam Ibrahim in chains.

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Mr Wani (27) told reporters that his wife gave birth on Tuesday with her legs shackled in a prison in Khartoum.

"They kept a chain on her legs," he said. "She is very unhappy about that."

Immediately after the birth, Mr Wani was refused permission to see his wife.

But finally, on Wednesday, the authorities relented and let him and his lawyer enter the jail, and removed the chains from Ms Ibrahim's legs.

"It was very wonderful to see my baby daughter – I am so happy," he said.

"The baby is very beautiful."

Ms Ibrahim named their daughter Maya – when asked why, Mr Wani said: "Her mother chose the name."

He added: "She is OK. She does not look too bad."

Ms Ibrahim was sentenced to death earlier this month for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

The 27-year-old has been in prison since February, when she was charged with apostasy – or the abandoning of Islam. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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