We are getting credible reports from Sudan, including from her attorney, that Meriam Ibrahim and her American children have been freed from prison. Here’s the latest reporting:
A woman sentenced to death after being accused of converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from prison, according to her lawyer.
The case of Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, triggered an international outcry. She gave birth to a baby daughter, Maya, while in prison.
"Meriam was released just about an hour ago," Mohanad Mustafa told AFP.
Ms Ibrahim was convicted last month of apostasy and adultery and claimed she had always been a Christian, having been raised by her Ethiopian mother while her Muslim father had left when she was young.
The 27-year-old married Daniel Wani in 2011 and has refused to renounce her faith.
But a court in Khartoum insisted she was a Muslim, and in Sudan such interfaith marriage is forbidden.
She was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and to hang for apostasy.
Even worse, Meriam’s children – who are American citizens – were forced into prison with her, and she gave birth to her youngest while in chains for the Gospel.
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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