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Christian Woman Released from Death is Re-arrested

Posted by on Jun. 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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Meriam Ibrahim Re-Arrested in Sudan Just Day After Being Freed

A mother who was freed from death row for refusing to renounce Christianity has been re-arrested just one day later while trying to leave Sudan, her lawyer told NBC News on Tuesday. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was "very happy" after an appeals court on Monday overturned a death sentence imposed because she married a Christian man and allegedly turned her back on Islam. But lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed said a group of 50 security force personnel arrested her and family members during an angry confrontation at Khartoum's airport on Tuesday.

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Mohammed, who said he was at the airport with Ibrahim, said no reason was given for her re-arrest. Britain's Foreign Office said it had received confirmation that Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service had detained Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani, an American citizen who told the Guardian following his wife's release that he hoped they could start a new life in the U.S. The couple were with their two children at the time of their detention, including the baby Ibrahim gave birth to while she was on death row in a women's prison. When contacted by NBC News, a State Department spokeswoman said Ibrahim was "safe," but declined to say where due to security reasons.

Image: Meriam Ibrahim on May 29EPA FILE
Meriam Ibrahim, who was sent to death row for marrying a Christian and refusing to convert back to Islam, is seen at a women's prison near Khartoum, Sudan, on May 29.
by on Jun. 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Jun. 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM
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29again
by Gold Member on Jun. 24, 2014 at 6:11 PM

BUMP!

Ms.KitKat
by Bronze Member on Jun. 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Video : http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/africa/sudan-christian-woman-arrest/

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Meanwhile, a man who says he is Ibrahim's brother, Al-Samani Al-Hadi, slammed the appellate court's decision and hinted at retribution.

"The family is unconvinced by the court's decision. We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us," al-Hadi said Tuesday. "The law has failed to uphold our rights. This is now an issue of honor. The Christians have tarnished our honor, and we will know how to avenge it."


I wonder why this woman's paternal family is so adament she remain in jail and be sentenced to death? What am I missing? Does the father's family hold so much weight? This woman's father was Muslim but was raised by her Christian mother her entire life.If this woman's brother is upset, he needs to bring that to his own father for creating a child with a Christian woman and agreeing to have the child raised Christian.


survivorinohio
by Rene on Jun. 24, 2014 at 11:25 PM
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Quoting Ms.KitKat:

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Video : http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/africa/sudan-christian-woman-arrest/

From your link:

Meanwhile, a man who says he is Ibrahim's brother, Al-Samani Al-Hadi, slammed the appellate court's decision and hinted at retribution.

"The family is unconvinced by the court's decision. We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us," al-Hadi said Tuesday. "The law has failed to uphold our rights. This is now an issue of honor. The Christians have tarnished our honor, and we will know how to avenge it."


I wonder why this woman's paternal family is so adament she remain in jail and be sentenced to death? What am I missing? Does the father's family hold so much weight? This woman's father was Muslim but was raised by her Christian mother her entire life.If this woman's brother is upset, he needs to bring that to his own father for creating a child with a Christian woman and agreeing to have the child raised Christian.

That is so upsetting to me. 

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


ashellbell
by Bronze Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM
How awful. That poor woman, I just can't imagine what here and her family are going through.
Clairwil
by Gold Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Khartoum, Sudan (CNN) -- Two names and two families at the heart of a tragedy.

Al-Samani al-Hadi is one of three brothers, and what he calls their "private family business" has captured the attention of the world.

"Firstly I want to say, I am the brother of the convicted woman Abrar al-Hadi", he tells CNN in his first sit-down interview since the woman he claims is his sister -- known as Mariam Yahya Ibrahim in media reports -- was sentenced to death by a court in Sudan for abandoning the Muslim faith.

The woman, 27, was raised as a Christian by her mother and is married to a Christian man. But because her father -- who deserted the family when the woman was a child -- was Muslim, the courts consider her to be the same and asked her to recant her faith. She refused, and is now languishing in Omdurman Women's Prison, just outside Khartoum.

"Her name isn't Mariam, her name is Abrar al-Hadi. I am al-Samani al-Hadi Mohamed Abdullah, her full -- older -- brother," al-Hadi, speaking to CNN from an Islamic Center in Omdurman, tells us as he rattles off dates and details in an attempt to prove this is the sister he grew up with.

He says she started primary school in 1992, and middle school eight years later. He even remembers the score she got on a critical exam -- "she got a 73.7 percent," according to al-Hadi.

Al-Hadi says his mother and brothers attended their sister's university graduation ceremony in Khartoum. Nothing, he says, seemed amiss.

Then, he says, she met her husband Daniel and his sister. He claims Daniel -- whom he called "the Priest" -- fed his sister "potions" to convert her to Christianity.

Daniel Wani and his wife tell a very different story. They say they were introduced through his sister in 2009 and married in 2011. Mariam, as Wani calls his wife, was a committed Christian -- attending church with a frequency that far outstripped his own.

Wani says he never saw the man claiming to be his brother-in-law until the trial began.

When I put this to Al-Samani al-Hadi, he tells me: "Then she is lying to both the Christians and the Muslims."

"She went missing in Ramadan [July] last year for 45 days. That's when we went to the police. When she was picked up we found her face was different, the way she looked at us was different. She was bewitched.

"When she stood in front of the court she said her name was Mariam Yahya. We were shocked."

The case dragged on for seven months, during which time they brought fingerprint and identity documentation, photocopies of which have since been disseminated to local reporters. The documents -- which the court ruled to be genuine -- purport to show that the fingerprints recorded for the national identity card issued in the name of "Abrar" at the Sudanese government registry offices were an exact match to those the court took from Mariam.

Wani told CNN that even if his wife is released, he fears for his family's safety from al-Hadi and his brothers.

Wani is a U.S. citizen and is attempting to secure asylum there for his wife, along with citizenship for his two children.

That process, he says, is being delayed by U.S. demands for paternity testing of the children. When asked by reporters earlier in the week if this was true, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "Genetic testing is a useful tool for verifying a biological relationship."

Mariam -- or Abrar -- is currently hoping her that the courts will believe the story of her life as she tells it, according to her husband. She insists that she was brought up by a Christian mother and has never practiced Islam. And in spite of visits by religious scholars and Sudanese government officials pressuring her to recant, it's a story she's sticking to.

I found myself returning to the same question time and again in this interview -- is al-Hadi really prepared to see the woman he claims is his sister killed?

"It's one of two; if she repents and returns to our Islamic faith and to the embrace of our family then we are her family and she is ours. We are prepared to hold her dearer than the apples of our eyes. But if she refuses she should be executed."

Even as all eyes are on Sudan's Court of Appeal, for al-Hadi there is no turning back.

"Why would I indulge my humanity, my emotions and incur the wrath of my Lord? That's not how it works for us."

angelenia
by Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 5:20 AM
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What the ever loving fuck???? Her 'brother' is twisted and butthurt from the 'humiliation' of his sister marrying a Christian. I can't fathom an ego crisis so dire that i would prefer my sibling dead , especially for something like 'honor'.
BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

  This show the absolute stupidity of not leaving the country immediately.  She was probably arrested to protect her from an "honor" killing" by family.  She and H need to get out of country asap or at least American Embassy.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Video : http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/24/world/africa/sudan-christian-woman-arrest/

From your link:

Meanwhile, a man who says he is Ibrahim's brother, Al-Samani Al-Hadi, slammed the appellate court's decision and hinted at retribution.

"The family is unconvinced by the court's decision. We were not informed by the court that she was to be released; this came as a surprise to us," al-Hadi said Tuesday. "The law has failed to uphold our rights. This is now an issue of honor. The Christians have tarnished our honor, and we will know how to avenge it."


I wonder why this woman's paternal family is so adament she remain in jail and be sentenced to death? What am I missing? Does the father's family hold so much weight? This woman's father was Muslim but was raised by her Christian mother her entire life.If this woman's brother is upset, he needs to bring that to his own father for creating a child with a Christian woman and agreeing to have the child raised Christian.


BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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That is because you are not part of that culture.  Many people will gladly kill relative children etc for violation of cultral norms.

Quoting angelenia: What the ever loving fuck???? Her 'brother' is twisted and butthurt from the 'humiliation' of his sister marrying a Christian. I can't fathom an ego crisis so dire that i would prefer my sibling dead , especially for something like 'honor'.


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