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Daily Israel Report

Sudanese Christian Woman Released from Jail Again

Sudanese woman whose death sentence for marrying a Christian was overturned released from jail again after being detained at airport.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 6/27/2014, 4:12 AM

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A Sudanese woman whose death sentence for marrying a Christian was overturned has been released from jail again, after she was detained at Khartoum airport on Tuesday, the BBC reports.

Meriam Ibrahim's lawyer, Muhannad Mustafa, said that she was currently in the American embassy with her family.

Ibrahim had been detained on charges of falsifying ID documents.

Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Christian mother, was convicted last month of apostasy for marrying a Christian. Sudan's penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims to other religions, a crime punishable by death.

Ibrahim married a Christian man from southern Sudan in a church ceremony in 2011. As in many Muslim nations, Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith.

The court had given her four days to repent back and, when that grace period expired, sentenced her to death.

She was first released on June 23, when an appeals court lifted her death sentence. She had been held at a police station in the capital since Tuesday, when she was prevented from leaving the country along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children.

She had reportedly planned to travel to the U.S. with her family.

According to Reuters news agency, quoting her lawyer, Ibrahim was released on the condition that she remains in Sudan.

She has been charged with forgery relating to the South Sudanese travel document she was carrying, and accused of providing false information.

South Sudan's embassy in Khartoum says the emergency travel documents were issued by the South Sudan authorities and are genuine; her husband is a Christian originally from South Sudan and holds U.S. citizenship.

Sudan summoned the ambassadors of America and South Sudan on Wednesday over what it termed the "criminal" issuance of travel documents by the two governments to Ibrahim.