Sudanese Woman Meriam Ibrahim Reportedly Set To Be Freed Despite Death Sentence For Christian Faith
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, is reportedly going to be released.
Back in May, 27-year-old Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a Sudanese court for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. Ibrahim says that her Muslim father abandoned her as a child, and she was therefore raised by her Christian mother.
When Ibrahim eventually married an American citizen, who is also Christian, and gave birth to his child, Ibrahim was arrested and charged with “abandoning Islam.” While in prison, Ibrahim gave birth to her second child, and once word spread of her death sentence, people from all over the world came to her defense and tirelessly worked to help get her freed.
Now, it appears that public outcry put enough pressure on the Sudanese government, and Sudan’s SUNA news agency has reported that Ibrahim is set to be freed.
“The appeal court ordered the release of Mariam Yahya and the cancellation of the (previous) court ruling,” the news agency said.
Ibrahim’s lawyer says he was as shocked as everyone to hear about the release, and he is currently trying to confirm its validity.
“We are going to the prison now to find out more details,” attorney Elshareef Ali Mohammed told The Guardian. “We heard it just now on the state radio. We really hope it's true.”
While the news of her release is exciting, The Telegraph points out that this is not the first time that there have been reports of the government releasing her. Ibrahim’s attorneys say they are hopeful that the news agency is accurate and that the release will go through today.