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Friday 29 August 2014

Woman who escaped Sudan death sentence still being held by police

Harriet Alexander

Published 26/06/2014 | 02:30

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Meriam Ibrahim breastfeeds her newborn baby girl, Maya, who she gave birth to in prison. AP
Meriam Ibrahim breastfeeds her newborn baby girl, Maya, who she gave birth to in prison. AP

The Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christianity is still being held at a police station in Khartoum facing accusations of trying to escape the country with false documents, her lawyer said yesterday.

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Meriam Ibrahim (27) was arrested with her husband and two children on Tuesday as she tried to board a plane out of Sudan – less than 24 hours after she was released from prison.

"They have refused to release her on bail," said Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of her lawyers. He said that the security services told them they needed 24 hours for further investigations.

"They have accused her of providing incorrect information and of obtaining a fake travel document," he said.

"This document has been officially issued from the embassies of South Sudan and the US. South Sudan's embassy has confirmed this – but they are reluctant to release her."

Sudan's supreme court overturned Ms Ibrahim's death sentence for apostasy on Monday. She had also been sentenced to 100 lashes for "adultery", because the country's Islamic law did not recognise her marriage to Daniel Wani, a Christian.

Mr Wani, an American citizen, has been trying to secure his family's move to the United States for many months.

Authorities in Khartoum insisted that Ms Ibrahim's detention at the airport was in accordance with Sudanese law.

"The airport passport police arrested Abrar after she presented emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa," the National Intelligence and Security Services said, referring to her by her Muslim name. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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