Meriam Ibrahim Remains Detained at Airport in Sudan for Alleged Forged Travel Documents

Meriam Ibrahim holds her newborn daughter, Maya, alongside her son, Martin, in prison in Khartoum. (Photograph: Al-Fajer/AP)
Meriam Ibrahim holds her newborn daughter, Maya, alongside her son, Martin, in prison in Khartoum. (Photograph: Al-Fajer/AP)

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman whose death sentence for converting to Christianity was overturned on Monday, is now being questioned by police over the alleged use of forged travel documents.

The mother of two was released this week after what Sudan’s government described as unprecedented international pressure, and her American husband said they looked forward to starting a new life in the US.

But the diplomatic row over Ms Ibrahim’s case has only escalated after she was detained again at Khartoum airport yesterday.

In a statement issued on its Facebook page, Sudan’s security service said that passport police had “arrested” Mr Ibrahim after she presented “emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa”.

“The Sudanese authorities considered this a criminal violation”, it said.

Ms Ibrahim’s lawyer, Mohaned Mostafa, said that she is expected to stay in police custody for 24 hours.

Speaking from Washington, a US State Department spokesperson said that it was “highly involved” in working with the family and the Sudanese government to resolve the matter, and that the latter had given it assurances regarding Ms Ibrahim’s safety.

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SOURCE: The Independent

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