Sudan Releases Christian Woman Condemned to Death

By:  Dave Bohon
06/24/2014
       
Sudan Releases Christian Woman Condemned to Death

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman imprisoned in Sudan and condemned to death for refusing to convert to Islam, has been freed, along with the daughter she bore while in prison and the two-year-old son who had been with her during her confinement.

Tina Ramirez of the Christian advocacy group Hardwired told Fox News that Ibrahim's attorney confirmed the 27-year-old Sudan-trained physician had been released on Monday, June 23.

As reported by The New American, Ibrahim, whose Christian husband Daniel Wani is a U.S. citizen, was convicted by a Muslim court April 30 of apostasy, as well as of adultery for marrying a Christian man. Islam considers the relationship illicit, although Ibrahim has never practiced the Muslim faith and was raised by her mother as a Christian after her Muslim father abandoned the family.

Following her conviction, Ibrahim was given 15 days to recant her Christian faith and convert to Islam, and when she refused was sentenced to death by hanging, as well as 100 lashes for the adultery conviction. Before the sentence Ibrahim was forced to sit with a Muslim scholar who repeatedly tried to compel her to recant her faith. “I am a Christian, and I have never been a Muslim,” she insisted to Judge Abaas Al Khalifa in court. The judge responded by sentencing Ibrahim “to be hanged until you are dead.”

The judge ultimately postponed the execution for at least two years as she cared for her new baby. Earlier this year Ibrahim's husband flew from New England to Khartoum to visit his wife, and was shocked to find her in shackles and swollen, and also to discover that Sudanese authorities would not release the couple's 20-month-old son to him because of his Christian faith. According to her attorney, Ibrahim told her husband during a rare visit that “if they want to execute me then they should go ahead and do it because I’m not going to change my faith. I refuse to change. I am not giving up Christianity just so that I can live.” Her husband recounted that Ibrahim said, “I know I could stay alive by becoming a Muslim and I would be able to look after our family, but I need to be true to myself.”

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File image made from an undated video showing Meriam Ibrahim with her two children: AP Images

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