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Sudan's apostasy-convicted Ibrahim detained again

Guardian Reporter

Meriam Ibrahim has been rearrested with her husband and two children at Khartoum airport a day after the appeal court ordered her release.

The reasons for Meriam Ibrahim's arrest at a Sudan airport are as yet unknown. (AFP)

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman released from death row in Sudan on Monday, has been arrested with her husband and two children at Khartoum airport, according to local media reports. Agents from the National Intelligence Security Services detained the family just 24 hours after Ibrahim was released on the orders of the appeal court.

Ibrahim had been sentenced to death for apostasy despite her insistence that she was brought up as a Christian even though her father was Muslim. She was also sentenced to be flogged publicly for adultery following a court’s ruling that her marriage to a Christian man was invalid.

The terms of her release have not been made public, but may have included her remaining in Sudan.

An unidentified security source said Ibrahim and her family had been arrested as they attempted to board a plane.

After her release, Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, a United States citizen, told the Guardian that he hoped the family would be able to start a new life in the US.

Ibrahim’s case attracted international criticism, which intensified after she gave birth to a daughter while shackled to the floor of her prison cell. Her toddler son was kept in Omdurman women’s prison with her.

‘Absolutely appalled’
More than one million people backed an Amnesty International campaign to free Ibrahim and UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “absolutely appalled” by her treatment. Political and religious leaders, celebrities and human rights organisations condemned her incarceration. The British Foreign Office and UK state department welcomed her release on Monday.

Amnesty International said on Tuesday that it was investigating reports of the family’s detention.

Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy after the court insisted she was a Muslim because her father was a Muslim, even though Ibrahim said she had been brought up as a Christian after her father abandoned the family when she was six. Following her conviction last month, she was given three days to renounce her faith or face a death sentence.

Then eight months pregnant, she was told that her death sentence would be deferred for two years to allow her to nurse her unborn baby. – © Guardian News and Media 2014

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