Meriam and Her American Family Released on Bail, Not Free to …


Meriam Ibrahim BBC interview just outside US Embassy Khartoum 6-27-14

 

Here is an ACLJ update on the status of Meriam Ibrahim (Ishag).

 

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VIDEO: Meriam Ibrahim Sudan ‘apostasy’ woman freed again

 

JRH 6/28/14

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Meriam and Her American Family Released on Bail, Not Free to Leave, as Possible New Charges Loom in Sudan

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Jun. 27, 2014 12:00 PM

ACLJ

 

After being re-arrested less than a day after being released from death row for her Christian faith, Meriam Ibrahim and her American family have reportedly been released from the custody of Sudanese police forces on the condition that they not leave Sudan, as possible charges are brought against them.

 

They are not free.

 

Meriam and her American family were about to board a flight to freedom earlier this week, when 40 members of Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service (known as the “Agents of Fear”) detained her along with her American husband and her two American kids – Martin, a toddler, and Maya, a newborn baby girl.  After being detained at the airport, Meriam and her American family were arrested and taken to the police station.

 

Sudan is accusing Meriam of attempting to use an “illegal [false] travel document” in trying to leave the country and is accusing her husband – a U.S. citizen – of being an accomplice.  It is unclear from reports if Sudan has formally charged Meriam with a crime, one that could carry with it a seven-year prison sentence, or whether they are still investigating the allegations.

 

Regardless, the fact remains that Meriam, her American husband, and her American kids are not free to leave the country.

 

Meriam’s attorney stated, “Meriam was released after a guarantor was found, but, of course, she would not be able to leave the country.”  Unlike bail in the U.S., in Sudan a guarantor would not just forfeit money, that person may actually have to stand in the place of Meriam criminally were she to flee the country.

 

According to press accounts, her lawyer also stated that Meriam and her American family are now in the U.S. embassy.  This is a critically important development for her safety.  However, they are not free to leave Sudan.

 

The United States must never let Meriam and her family who are U.S. citizens leave their sight from this point forward.  There were reports that when Meriam was taken into custody at the airport, it was done in the presence of U.S. diplomatic personnel.  This can never happen again.

 

Yesterday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said that “from our perspective, Meriam has all of the documents she needs to travel to and enter the United States. It’s up to the Government of Sudan to allow her to exit the country.”

 

Later that day the State Department released a short statement, providing:

 

The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese police station. She and her family are in a safe location and the Government of Sudan has assured us of the family’s continued safety. The Embassy remains highly engaged in Ms. Ishag’s case. We will provide more information as it becomes available consistent with privacy laws.

 

The Obama Administration, and the State Department in particular, must continue to aggressively demand freedom for Meriam and her American family.  While not physically in the custody of the Sudanese government at the present time, Meriam and her American family are not truly free until they are safely in America.

 

It would be an act of diplomatic malpractice were the U.S. to allow Meriam and her American family to fall back into the hands of the Sudanese government – the government that just days ago planned to execute her for her Christian faith.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have demanded Meriam’s freedom.  Meriam expressed her gratitude for that support when she left the police station, telling the BBC, “I would like to thank those who stood beside me.”

 

At the ACLJ, we will not rest until Meriam, Martin, Maya, and Daniel, their American husband and father, are safely home.  Join us by urging the Obama Administration to take direct action to bring them homeSign the petition at BeHeardProject.com.  And please continue to pray.

 

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News on Meriam Ibrahim’s 2nd Release


Meriam Ibrahim-Daniel Wani & Children Arrested Airport

 

Edited by John R. Houk

© June 26, 2014

 

Apparently Meriam Ibrahim has been released again. This time after being interrogated by the Sudanese version of the secret police – National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS aka Agents of Fear). Just prior to boarding a plane with the eventual destination of the USA 40 NSISS agents swooped down on the family of Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim under the accusation of attempting to leave Sudan with forged documents.

 

Below I am cross posting two UK news sources that seem to provide the best details that led to Meriam’s re-arrest and release. The first is shorter and kind of gives a reason for Meriam’s latest release. The second a bit longer gives greater detail of how the re-arrest came about at the Khartoum International Airport by the ‘Agents of Fear’.

 

JRH 6/26/14

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Meriam Ibrahim: Sudanese apostasy woman released after being arrested at airport over ‘forged travel documents’

Ms Ibrahim was being questioned by police after she was detained again at Khartoum airport

 

By HEATHER SAUL

26 June 2014

The Independent

 

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman who saw her death sentence for apostasy overturned this week, has been released on Thursday after being accused of attempting to use forged travel documents by passport officials.

 

Ms 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.

 

Eman Abdul-Rahman, the lawyer for 27-year-old, said she was released from a police station today after foreign diplomats pressed the government to free her.

 

In Washington, the State Department said embassy staff had been in touch with Ms Ibrahim on Wednesday and had taken the possessions she needed.

 

The Sudanese “have said they will keep them (the family) safe and we are absolutely going to make sure they do”, spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

 

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.

 

Ms Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Orthodox Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian and refusing to renounce her Christian faith during a four-day grace period.

 

She was sentenced to death while eight months pregnant and gave birth in prison with her legs chained in February. Her sentence sparked an international outcry and led to campaigns headed by Amnesty International calling for her release.

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[Blog Editor: This Daily Mail posts has numerous photos and videos in which I am omitting. You’ll have to go to the Daily Mail link to see and watch.]

 

Another cruel twist of the knife: Sudanese mother Meriam Ibrahim faces SEVEN years in jail for trying to flee country hours after death sentence for ‘marrying Christian was dropped’

 

·         Meriam Ibrahim and her husband, US citizen Daniel Wani were held as they tried to fly out of the country on Tuesday

 

·         She is charged with travelling on false documents which carries seven-year sentence

 

·         Couple and their children, Martin, 21 months and Maya, one month, were detained by around 40 National Security agents at Khartoum airport

 

·         All now in jail cell together with no sign of release

 

·         Charities supporting her claim U.S. embassy’s lack of help for the family has been ‘shameful’

 

·         Setback came hours after she was released following international outcry

 

By DANIEL BATES and NICK FAGGE

PUBLISHED: 08:35 EST, 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:26 EST, 25 June 2014

Mail Online

 

Meriam Ibrahim faces up to seven years in jail over new offences levelled at her by the Sudanese regime, MailOnline can reveal today.

 

The mother-of-two was told the devastating news after being detained as she tried to fly out of the African country hours after a death sentence against her was dropped.

 

Dr Ibrahim, 27, was charged with obtaining a false travel document and giving false information to immigration officials – and banned from leaving Sudan.

 

The move is another twist of the knife as Dr Ibrahim tries to get to America with her two children where she can live with her husband Daniel Wani, a US citizen, from Manchester, New Hampshire.

 

Instead she is back in a cell with her son Martin, 21, and daughter Maya, one month.

 

Mr Wani is also locked up with them at the Al Sheradee police station in Khartoum after being confronted at Khartoum airport by 40 agents of the feared National Intelligence and Security Services.

 

It is believed they were trying to travel to Washington DC and Sudanes media have claimed that the US vice consul was with the family at the airport.

 

Mr Wani told AFP: ‘We are worried. That’s why we want to get out of here as soon as possible.’

 

Dr Ibrahim’s lawyer Shareif Ali Shareif told MailOnline: ‘The authorities do not have the right to hold her. They appear not to want to let her leave Sudan. They are restricting her movements.

 

‘Her husband Daniel and the children are with her in the same cell. Any reports suggesting she has been released are wrong. We need to highlight her plight.’

 

A diplomatic row has now erupted and the Sudanese Foreign Ministry has 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.

 

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched a blistering attack on the government of Sudan on the floor Capitol Hill today in which he said it had ‘forcibly captured’ Dr Ibrahim.

 

Standing in front of a picture of Dr Ibrahim and her husband, he said: ‘We need to speak even louder, we need to speak out for Meriam Ibrahim because it is wrong, especially for this young mother, to be subject to torture and murder for being a Christian.

 

‘That is unequivocally wrong and we need to speak in one voice.’

 

Earlier in an interview with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Christian right think tank, Cruz called on President Obama to do more.

 

He said: ‘We don’t know what their status is, we don’t know if the Sudanese government is going to reimpose the horrific sentence. It’s a powerful reminder – every one of us cherishes our religious liberty and I bet you to say that virtually none of us have had their faith tested as Meriam has had her faith tested.

 

‘It underscores the need for all of us to lift her up in prayer and it also underscores the need for US leadership.

 

‘What I have been begging for is for President Obama to stand up and lead…the President needs to say to the government of Sudan: ‘Free Meriam now’’.

 

Cruz added: ‘Sharia law that would torture and murder a young mother for protesting her religious faith is barbaric, it is wrong and it should be condemned’.

 

Dr Ibrahim was released from the grim Omdurman Women’s Prison on Monday after nine months in custody during which time she was sentenced to death and 100 lashes for apostasy and adultery and gave birth to Maya in her call whilst shackled to the floor.

 

A judge had ruled that she had broken strict Islamic law by failing to renounce her Christian faith and become a Muslim.

 

On Monday an appeal court overturned her conviction after an international outcry but on Tuesday she and her family were detained again.

 

What happens next is unclear – Dr Ibrahim has yet to be granted asylum by the US – but so long as she remains in Sudan her life is in danger.

 

A man claiming to be Dr Ibrahim’s half brother went to the prison in Khartoum the night she was released and, upon discovering she had been freed, flew into a rage and vowed to kill her.

 

According to CNN, al-Samani al-Hadi, said: ‘The family is unconvinced by the court’s decision.

 

‘We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us. The law has failed to uphold our rights. This is now an issue of honour. The Christians have tarnished our honour, and we will know how to avenge it.’

 

Speaking to Sudanese paper, al-Samani al-Hadi, said that Meriam had been ‘kidnapped’ from the family who she should have been returned to, not her husband.

 

‘They did not let us know that she was about to be freed. It was a surprise for us,’ he said.

 

Dr Ibrahim was detained on Tuesday at the airport by the feared National Intelligence and Security Services, who were dubbed ‘Agents of Fear’ in a damning report by human rights group Amnesty.

 

A post on the NISS Facebook page said that its agents stopped Dr Ibrahim because her temporary travel documents had a US visa stamp on them.

 

The statement said: ‘This was viewed by Sudanese authorities as a criminal violation and a disregard upon which the foreign ministry summoned the US and South Sudanese envoys’.

 

The statement added that the document was only supposed to be used for somebody travelling to their homeland and as Dr Ibrahim would be using it to fly to America it was invalid.

 

In an interview with MailOnline Tina Ramirez, founder of religious freedom organization Hardwired, which has campaigned for Dr Ibrahim to be freed, has said that the US embassy in Sudan should have foreseen these kind of problems.

 

She said that the State Department had been aware of her plight since 2011 when she married her husband and that the handling of her case had been ‘incredibly negligent’.

 

Ms Ramirez said: ‘The US government should have coordinated with the government of Sudan to get them out of the country. This is sloppy.

 

‘I think that Congress should be investigating what happened here.

 

‘The US says that it cares about human rights issues and this is something they should be caring about. It’s a total failure, it’s shameful.’

 

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in her Tuesday briefing that the Sudanese government had assured it of the safety of Dr Ibrahim and her family.

 

She said the department was talking to Sudanese officials to ‘secure their safe and swift departure from Sudan’.

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Sudan Mom Re-Arrested One Day after Release


Daniel Wani, holding Martin - Meriam Ibrahim, holding Maya

Daniel Wani, holding Martin – Meriam Ibrahim, holding Maya

 

The Sudanese Christian that was imprisoned with a death sentence while pregnant for being a Christian. A Sudanese Court cleared her and she was released from prison along with her two children (one a baby daughter born in jail). Today on June 24 I found out she was re-arrested as she was trying to get passage out of Sudan at Khartoum International airport. As of the time I read about Meriam’s re-arrest at CBN News no official reason was given for further incarceration.

 

JRH 6/24/14

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Sudan Mom Re-Arrested One Day after Release

 

By Caitlin Burke

June 24, 2014

CBN News

 

One day after a Sudanese court annulled her death sentence, Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested along with her family Tuesday at the international airport in Khartoum while trying to leave the country.

 

Ibrahim’s lawyer says no reason was given for why the family was taken into custody, saying the court did not impose any travel restrictions when it dropped the charges.

 

The mother of two had been sentenced to death for marrying a Christian and “abandoning” the Muslim faith.

 

Ibrahim, who was jailed along with her toddler son, was forced to give birth to her second child, a daughter, while in prison.

 

***Jordan Sekulow, executive director for the American Center for Law and Justice, talked more about Ibrahim’s plight what the ACLJ is doing to help on Newswatch, June 24.

 

The case drew outrage from the international community. Protesters recently gathered outside the White House to demand action by the Obama administration.

 

“She and the children should be reunited at home with her family rather than held in prison on charges of apostasy,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, calling Sudan to repeal it’s (sic) anti-human rights laws.
 
He also suggested that Sudan repeal any Islamic laws that go against basic human rights.
    
Meanwhile, the American Center for Law and Justice is calling Ibrahim’s arrest a “deeply troubling” development.

 

“The decision to take the entire family into custody is a violation of international law and we call on Sudan to release them without delay,” ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said in a statement.

 

Sekulow says the ACLJ has launched a global campaign on behalf of Meriam and her family.

 

“Now, we must focus on pressuring Sudan to release her and the family and permit them to return to the United States. Time is of the essence,” he warned.

 

“We must apply immediate international pressure to free Meriam and her family,” he continued. “And we must urge the Obama administration to grant Meriam and her American kids safe passage and immediate legal status in the United States.”

 

So far, there is no word of reaction from the White House on Ibrahim’s detainment.

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Sudanese mom sentenced to die for Christian faith is freed


Meriam Ibrahim, Daniel Wabi & newborn Maya

The Christian gal Meriam Ibrahim, arrested and sentenced to death for being a Christian, has been released from prison. Mrs. Ibrahim was whisked away to an undisclosed location immediately after her release. I pray someone is helping her to get out of Sudan and to the safety of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave – the good old USA, in Jesus Mighty Name.

 

JRH 6/23/14

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Sudanese mom sentenced to die for Christian faith is freed

 

By Fox News Breaking News Alert

June 23, 2014

Fox News

 

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who gave birth in a Khartoum prison after being sentenced to death in May for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity, has been freed, FoxNews.com has confirmed.

 

Ibrahim, 27, refused to renounce her Christian faith in court in May, prompting a judge to sentence her to hang for apostasy. The case became an international cause, with several U.S. lawmakers and the State Department blasting the decision as barbaric. Sudan’s national news service SUNA said the Court of Cassation in Khartoum on Monday canceled the death sentence after defense lawyers presented their case, and that the court ordered her release.

 

“We have confirmed through her attorney that she has been released from prison today,” Tina Ramirez, executive director for the Christian advocacy group Hardwired, told FoxNews.com. Hardwired has worked closely with Ibrahim’s family and lawyer.

 

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.

 

Sources close to the situation tell FoxNews.com that Ibrahim was whisked away to a confidential location and that her lawyers will be meeting with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday.

 

Ibrahim and Wani were married in a formal ceremony in 2011 and operate several businesses, including a farm, south of Khartoum, the country’s capital.

 

Wani fled to the United States as a child to escape the civil war in southern Sudan, but later returned. He is not permitted to have custody of his son because the boy is considered Muslim and cannot be raised by a Christian man.

 

Ibrahim’s case first came to the attention of authorities in August, after members of her father’s family complained that she was born a Muslim but married a Christian man. The relatives claimed her birth name was “Afdal” before she changed it to Meriam and produced a document that indicated she was given a Muslim name at birth. Her attorney has alleged the document was a fake.

 

Ibrahim says her mother was an Ethiopian Christian and her father a Muslim who abandoned the family when she was a child. Ibrahim was initially charged with having illegitimate sex last year, but she remained free pending trial. She was later charged with apostasy and jailed in February after she declared in court that Christianity was the only religion she knew.

 

“I was never a Muslim,” she told the Sudanese high court. “I was raised a Christian from the start.”

 

Sudan’s penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims to other religions, which is punishable by death. Muslim women in Sudan are further prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, although Muslim men are permitted to marry outside their faith. Children, by law, must follow their father’s religion.

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