Christian Woman Condemned for Apostasy Re-Arrested Following Release

Sudanese Family Detained at Airport on Way to USA

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A Sudanese Christian woman, who was condemned to death last month for allegedly committing the “crime” of apostasy, then released Monday, has now been re-arrested.

According to reports, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was stopped at an airport in Khartoum along with her husband and two small children. They were then detained and interrogated at Khartoum’s national security headquarters.

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, an American citizen, said the family intended to leave for the United States.

On Monday, Ibrahim had been released from custody following a ruling by an appeals court in which her death sentence was cancelled.

Ibrahim was convicted last month of apostasy, a crime which carries the sentence of death, becaues she married Wani, a Christian, in 2011. Although she was raised according to her mother’s Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, the courts considered her Muslim because her father was Muslim.

On 15 May, the courts ordered the wife and mother to renounce her Christian faith and return to Islam, giving her three days to recant. “I am a Christian,” she told the courts on the day of her sentencing, “and I will remain a Christian.”

At the time of her sentencing Ibrahim was pregnant with her second child, to whom she gave birth while she was in prison. Until yesterday, she had been incarcerated along with her 18-month-old son, Martin, and her newborn baby.

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