Sunday 18 February 2018

New life awaits Sudanese woman as lawsuit dropped

Meriam Ibrahim: refused to recant her Christianity. Photo: AP
Meriam Ibrahim: refused to recant her Christianity. Photo: AP

Aislinn Laing

A lawsuit against the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christianity has been dropped, paving the way for her to seek exile in the United States.

The case was brought by 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim's Muslim father to formally establish her as his Muslim daughter. She claimed she was raised by a Christian Ethiopian family and was abducted by the Sudanese Muslim family, an allegation they denied.

The lawsuit could have made her marriage to Daniel Wani, a Christian South Sudanese-American with whom she has two children, illegal and threatened to further derail Ms Ibrahim's hopes of leaving Sudan after her death sentence for apostasy was quashed last month.

The sentence, which provoked international outrage, was handed down by the country's supreme court along with 100 lashes for "adultery" because the country's Islamic law did not recognise her marriage. A previous attempt by Ms Ibrahim to leave the country with Mr Wani after her release from prison was thwarted when the authorities said she had "fake" documents.

Abdel Rahman Malek, the family's lawyer, said they had dropped the lawsuit before the first scheduled hearing in Khartoum family court on Thursday. He did not give a reason for the decision. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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