Latest update reports- After spending 48 hours in jail, it is now being reported that the Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim has been released, again.
Recently, a court overturned her death sentence for apostasy and had released her from a woman’s prison. Less than 24 hours later, Ibrahim was detained along with her Christian-American husband Daniel Wani and two young children at Khartoum airport in Sudan for trying to use documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy to flee the country. More than 40 armed men from the NISS stopped and detained Ibrahim for travelling on false documents, which can carry a seven-year sentence. Some claim she was also being banned from leaving Sudan. Her husband, Daniel Wani was being detained at the police station as an accessory.
Facts of her release have been hard to decipher as multiple media outlet reports appeared conflicting. One of her attorney’s confirmed she had been released from a police station, today in the capital Khartoum after pressure from foreign diplomats on the Sudanese government to set her free.
There were also claims that the US vice consul was with the family at the airport. The Sudanese Foreign Ministry summoned the American and South Sudanese ambassadors to explain themselves.
Dr Ibrahim had been granted emergency travel documents by the government of South Sudan to travel there and then on to the US.
Mr Shareif insisted that the documents were legitimate and that it was ‘not right’ to claim otherwise.
In a statement issued on its Facebook page, Sudan’s security service said earlier this week that passport police had “arrested” Mr Ibrahim after she presented “emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa”.
“The Sudanese authorities considered this a criminal violation”, it said. source
Freed from her latest detention – Ibrahim may now come to the US. She is set to fly to South Sudan and from there on to America where she could start her a new life.
The US State Department is under pressure to do everything in its power to ensure her swift and safe passage after being criticized by Senators for its response.
We will continue to wait until Meriam is out of Sudan. Praying for this victory!
Thank you, Senator Roy Blunt!