(RNS) A Sudanese Christian doctor freed from death row on charges of apostasy Monday (June 23) is not yet free after authorities detained her at a Khartoum airport.

Khartoum International Airport, where Meriam Ibrahim was rearrested on June 24, 2014, a day after she was released from prison.

Khartoum International Airport, where Meriam Ibrahim was rearrested on Tuesday (June 24, 2014), a day after she was released from prison. RNS photo courtesy Vaughan Parry

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was arrested Tuesday after she attempted to leave Sudan using South Sudan emergency papers, including a U.S. visa, according to reports.

She was apprehended along with her husband, Daniel Bicensio Wani, an American citizen of South Sudanese origin, and their two children — 20-month-old son Martin and a 1-month-old daughter.

“The Sudanese authorities considered (the action) a criminal violation,” according to a Facebook post by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services. South Sudan, with a majority Christian population, became independent of Muslim-majority Sudan after a referendum in 2011.

Ibrahim’s lawyer, Mohamed Mostofa, said she is now being charged with forging a document, an offense that could result in a five-year prison sentence under Sudan’s penal code.

Sudanese church leaders were reluctant to comment, saying the issue was too “risky.” Some other African church officials, however, said they would not be surprised by new charges.

“There are two parallel systems running in Sudan — Shariah and civil law,” said the Rev. Chrisantus Ndaga, a Roman Catholic priest with the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in East Africa.

Ibrahim’s case had attracted international outcry, uniting churches, politicians and civil rights groups in the call for her release.

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4 Comments

  1. It appears to me that the Obama administration is willing to do little to stop the influx of illegal aliens to our county, but will turn their back on someone that is in desperate need of political asylum. Oh lets not forget one of our own in Mexico a marine that the Obama administration seems to have forgotten. What does it take to get Obama motivated to help those that are having their human rights violated.

  2. Connie wilson

    I read your article ” Meriam Ibrahim released from death row in Sudan” written June 23 but couldn’t leave a comment. You have answered some questions but a big one is still: Are Meriam’s mother and father still alive? If so, why are they silent.? There is mention in other articles that Meriam has 3 brothers. Al Samani al-Hadi is the one who said she deserved to be executed unless she returns to Islam. I think he’s the same one who blocked her exit by lodging new complaints about her name. My prayers are that this brother and the extended family have a revelation of Jesus Christ during this month of Ramadan and have a true change of life and heart. Meriam and her family have endured incredible suffering and loss. The government of Sudan seems to be using her and consequently her family as hostages to an unstable political situation as they sort through what they want as a country in their civil and sharia law. Meriam was acquitted of charges of apostasy and adultery and should be given the freedom to leave a country that can’t make up its mind and who seem to hate Christians. I understand a large Christian church in Khartoum was leveled after she was freed from prison. Its hard to fathom such hatred and revengeful behavior in the name of the devotion. Meriam’s God calls us to do just the opposite. He’s the One I want to follow and obey.

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