Report: Meriam Ibrahim and Her Family Will Be Released from Police Custody on Bail

Daniel Wani (l) with his wife Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, (r) who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. (PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/GABRIEL WANI)
Daniel Wani (l) with his wife Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, (r) who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. (PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/GABRIEL WANI)

Human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) says it has been told that Meriam Ibrahim and her family are to be released from police custody on bail today.

Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani have been held together with their children, Martin and Maya, at a police station in Khartoum since June 24.

In a CSW news release, the group said earlier today the prosecuting attorney extended the time of detention by 72 hours, after the initial 24-hour investigation window ended without the police concluding their investigation.

Ibrahim’s lawyers successfully appealed the extension, as it violated Sudan’s criminal procedure rules, and the prosecutor accepted that grounds for bail had been established.

The police have charged Ibrahim with forgery and provision of false information under article 123 and 97 of the 1991 Criminal Code, due to alleged irregularities with her travel documents.

CSW said her husband has been charged as an accessory to the alleged offences. The initial accusations were leveled by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), which prompted the police investigation.

The full bail conditions are not yet known, but it is anticipated that they will include the surrender of all travel documents and prohibit Ibrahim and her husband from leaving Sudan.

As part of their investigation, the police have spoken to and received written statements from representatives of the South Sudanese Embassy, who have verified that Ibrahim’s travel documents were issued by their embassy and that they are legitimate.

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SOURCE: ASSIST News Service
Jeremy Reynalds

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