Breaking now is news that Meriam Ibrahim, Sudanese woman arrested and convicted of apostasy, as ordered by a Sudanese appeal court, has been freed and her death sentence canceled this afternoon.
Taking into account that Ibrahim’s children were imprisoned with her, they too are now free.
Ibrahim, the wife of a Catholic American and mother of two was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging after refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam. The sentence provoked an international outrage.
A 27-year-old woman sentenced to death last month for converting from Islam to Christianity in Sudan has been freed from prison and sent to a safe house for her own protection.
The case of Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, triggered an international outcry. She gave birth to a baby daughter while in prison.
‘The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya and the cancellation of the (previous) court ruling,’ Sudan’s SUNA news agency said. The couple’s 20-month-old son was also held in prison with Ms Ibrahim and her newborn daughter.
MailOnline has led the way in highlighting the plight of Ms Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death on May 15. After international pressure a government official said on May 31 that Sudanese officials were working to release her.
She was only finally freed this afternoon.
Ms Ibrahim’s lawyer Mohaned Mostafa said after her release she had been sent ‘to an unknown house to stay at for her protection and security.’
‘Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her,’ he said….
Many here in the USA, cried out for Ibrahim’s freedom. The next step is to get the Ibrahim family safe harbor to the United States and granted immediate legal status.
…In response to her death sentence, the ACLJ launched an international effort to free Meriam and her children. Our petition for her release garnered over 380,000 signatures, and we delivered a letter directly to the Sudanese embassy demanding that Sudan comply with its own law and with international law and release Meriam.
We are thankful for her release, but our work is not done. It’s time to bring Meriam and her American children home to America. It’s time to grant her asylum so that she can worship and raise her children without fear, here in the land of liberty.
Join us as we call on the Obama Administration to grant Meriam and her American children safe passage and immediate legal status.
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