Sudanese doctor who was condemned for apostasy, and then freed, and then rearrested, has been freed again

June 25, 2014 • 6:07 am

I hope the saga of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim—the Sudanese doctor who, while pregnant, was sentenced for death for apostasy (she married a Christian, but was also raised a Christian, though her father was Muslim)—ends soon. Yesterday, after having been freed, she was arrested at the airport (see my post here).

Well, today, according to the Independent, she’s been freed again:

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, the Christian woman sentenced to death and later freed after an international outcry, was briefly re-arrested while trying to leave the country for the US before being released again.

Eman Abdul-Rahim, her lawyer, said Ms Ibrahim was held with her two children and husband at Khartoum airport. The BBC said Ms Ibrahim, whose death sentence in May for renouncing Islam sparked outrage, was detained by about 40 security agents. Last night, it was reported that she had been freed.

Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the US State Department, said the Sudanese government had informed American officials that Ms Ibrahim and her family were “temporarily detained” over issues relating to their travel documents.

The family was held 24 hours after Ms Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, who has US citizenship, said they would go to America following his wife’s release.

I guess the U.S. will take her in, and that’s the right thing to do (her husband, after all, has dual U.S./Sudanese citizenship). Say what you will about the U.S., we have a First Amendment that, though abused by people like the miscreants of Lebanon, Missouri, prevent people from being persecuted by the government for their religion.

Dr. Ibrahim

16 thoughts on “Sudanese doctor who was condemned for apostasy, and then freed, and then rearrested, has been freed again

  1. I hope things go more smoothly for this family. At least their children should have a brighter future in the US.

    It disheartening when these same miscreants like those in Lebanon, Missouri think atheists can be persecuted since atheism isn’t a religion that is protected. Honestly, it is pretty bad when laws are the only thing that stops persecution.

  2. We may have to wait until memoirs are published to figure out what went on behind the scenes on Ibrahim’s case, but the result is outstanding.

    While much criticism has been aired about the lack of vocal advocacy by the State Dept and US officials, my guess is that this silence has been by design. Results matter.

    Any visible pleading by the US President or Sec’y of State would likely have made releasing Ibrahim politically untenable for the local Sudanese knuckleheads.

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    If the Dr.’s husband wasn’t Christian, but a US Muslim instead, or Hindu or Buddhist or (gasp!) a New Atheist (sic, because I despise that term), I think it is fair to speculate about just how concerned our GOP would be with Ms. Ibrahim’s freedom. They might surprise me, of course, so it would be unjust and imprudent as well to claim they would be silent. Hell, SCOTUS just might rule against Hobby Lobby.

    1. It’s always amusing for me to remember how atheists are vilified as people wishing to take away religious freedom when in actuality, it is the atheists who guarantee it for everyone. I have some believer friends who recognize this (though they are Jews and I strongly suspect atheists who won’t admit it).

  4. Now that she’s free, I’ll go ahead and express hope that she’ll join Ayaan Hirsi Ali as a strong voice for rationality. She’s a doctor, so there’s good reason to think she’s more articulate than average, and she’s now in the perfect position to, if she wishes, leverage her notoriety into fame, and amplify her voice as few others can.

    …and, if anybody reading these words is in a position to give her a leg up and / or a steadying hand in the spotlight, consider yourself urged to do so….



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