[UPDATED]: There is now confusion over whether the Sudanese government is really planning on releasing Meriam Ibrahim and her two children.
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman jailed for marrying a Christian, to be freed by authorities after international outcry. My position is that she should be released IMMEDIATELY and not in a matter of days. It’s barbaric and reprehensible that someone could be thrown in prison and facing a death sentence for marrying a Christian man. Whatever happened to religious freedom?
Ibrahim, who was turned in to police by a relative for marrying Christian Sudanese-born Christian U.S. citizen David Wani, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Maya, a few days ago, while in shackles around her ankles. She was charged with apostasy and adultery.
BBC reports, Abdullahi Alazreg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman. Yeah, that’s after international outcry and outrage.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair described Meriam Ibrahim’s horrific treatment as a “brutal and sickening distortion of faith.” Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of Ibrahim’s lawyers, told the Telegraph they don’t believe the offer from the Sudanese government is geniune and that “it’s to silence the international media.” He added that “we will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison.”
The U.S. government seems willing to give Meriam Ibrahim’s case special attention, as they should. There is no way she can remain in Sudan. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) recently raised her case at a meeting of the Homeland Security Department Oversight Committee. He said both of the children — Martin and Maya — are eligible for U.S. citizenship.
Franks said, “This case has become so high profile that many of us are deeply concerned about Meriam’s safety in Sudan, especially if she wins her appeal and is released back into Sudanese society at large.” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also made another plea for help for Meriam Ibrahim on Saturday.