Date
18 December 2017
Sudanese authorities have detained Meriam Ibrahim as she was attempting to leave the country after being freed from death row.
Sudanese authorities have detained Meriam Ibrahim as she was attempting to leave the country after being freed from death row.

Sudan woman faces fresh ordeal after release from death row

Authorities in Khartoum have detained a Sudanese Christian woman just after hours after she was freed from death row, triggering fresh concerns over the case that has grabbed much international attention. 

Meriam Ibrahim was detained with her husband and two children at Khartoum airport on Tuesday as the family attempted to leave the country a day after she was released on orders of an appeals court.

The Guardian quoted Ibrahim’s lawyer Elshareef Mohammed as saying that more than 40 security officers prevented the family from boarding a plane to the US.

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, is said to be a US citizen.

“It’s very disappointing,” Elshareef said. “They were very angry. They took us [the family's lawyers] outside, and took the family to a detention centre. They have not been given access to lawyers.”

The reason for the apparent re-arrest was not clear.

Ibrahim was sentenced to death last month for converting to Christianity from Islam, but was released on Monday, after what the government said was unprecedented international pressure.

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