Sudanese Government Begins to Backpedal Over Pregnant Mother Being Sentenced to Death for Being a Christian

Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani and their son
Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani and their son

There is new hope for Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant mother sentenced to death in Sudan for being a Christian.

In the face of growing international outrage, the Sudanese government has begun to backpedal, saying Sudan is committed to freedom of religion and saying the woman can appeal.

The news comes one week after 26-year-old Ibrahim was convicted of “apostasy” and given four days to repent and escape death, according to her lawyer.

The court also ordered that Ibrahim be given 100 lashes for committing “zena” — Arabic for illegitimate sex — for having sexual relations with her husband, Daniel Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan who has U.S. citizenship.

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the court ruled that Ibrahim left Islam when she married a Christian man.

But Ibrahim, who also has a 20-month-old son who stays with her in her prison cell, disputed the court’s claim.

“I was never a Muslim,” she said. “I was raised a Christian from the start.”

The court gave the Christian mother an opportunity to recant her Christian faith, but Ibrahim refused to do so, reportedly telling the court: “I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian.”

The prosecutor’s spokesman, Ahmad Hassan, said the couple was “given ample time to prove their innocence, but I believe in upholding our traditions and customs as Sudanese.”

“The court has no appearance of justice or respect for freedom of choice in one’s beliefs, personally and individually,” political activist Amal Habany said.

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Dale Hurd

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