Earlier this week, Opposing Views reported that Sudanese prisoner Meriam Ibrahim, despite being sentenced to death for being a Christian, was released by the Sudanese government. Now, in an infuriating turn of events, Ibrahim has once again been detained, this time for what the government says is fraud.
Just as Ibrahim and her family were about to board a plane out of the African country, reports say that more than 40 security guards blocked them from boarding and took them all into custody. Ibrahim is now being accused of forging travel documents and is not allowed to leave the country.
"It's very disappointing," Ibrahim’s lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed said. "They were very angry. They took us [the family's lawyers] outside, and took the family to a Niss detention centre. They have not been given access to lawyers."
On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed the reports that Ibrahim and her family were detained, but made clear that she, her husband Daniel and their two children were all said to be safe.
“The State Department is engaging directly with Sudanese officials to secure their safe and swift departure from Sudan,” Harf said.
27-year-old Ibrahim was sentenced to death back in May for denouncing Islam, even though she maintains that she was raised Christian by her mother after her Muslim father left. The sentence sparked international outrage and just this week, an appeals court confirmed that Ibrahim would be released. Although it is not known how long Ibrahim will be held for this time, many say that this appears to be an attempt by the Sudanese government to keep her detained.