Skip to comments.Attorneys: Sudan arrests Meriam Yehia Ibrahim, family at airport [NOT AGAIN!!]
Posted on 06/24/2014 7:44:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Yesterday’s good news has turned into perhaps even worse news than before. A day after Sudan buckled under international pressure and released Meriam Yehia Ibrahim from prison and a death sentence for apostasy, security forces arrested the entire family at the airport as they attempted to leave the country:
A Sudanese woman whose death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith was revoked has been rearrested, her legal team told CNN Tuesday.
Meriam Ibrahim, 27, and her husband, Daniel Wani, were arrested Tuesday at an airport in Sudan’s capital as they were trying to leave the African country, Ibrahim’s legal team said.
The Daily Mail reports that forty agents took the family of four into custody:
The couple were detained by around 40 security agents with their two children, Maya, one month, and Martin, 21 months.
Meriam’s lawyer, Shareif Ali Shareif, told MailOnline: ‘Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani were arrested at the airport two hours ago [about 1230GMT).
‘They are now in the detention of the National Security forces.
‘The family were trying to leave Sudan for a safe place.
‘The children were with them. The children are with Meriam. They were arrested as well.
‘We don’t have any information about what charges they face. But the National Security force does not have to take them to court. This is not a criminal matter, it a national security matter.’
That cuts both ways, though. In the prior case, the Sudanese government claimed to have no authority to intervene in judicial proceedings (the same would be true here). This is no judicial proceeding, but an act of the government. Diplomacy in this case directly bears on the detention of Ibrahim and her family.
Furthermore, the detention now involves an American citizen, Daniel Wani, as well as the citizenship of his two children. The State Department has to take action with the Sudanese government in this situation, especially given the affront of arresting Wani in the first place after all of the discussion between the US and Sudan over his wife.
The global outcry over Ibrahim’s death sentence for her faith helped to set her free. Let’s hope a similar outcry over this arrest as she prepared to leave Sudan to practice her faith freely does the same, and let’s also hope that State is burning up the phone lines demanding an end to Sudan’s persecution of Ibrahim, her family, and all Christians in the country.
Update: Reuters confirms the arrest with a Sudanese official, although they still won’t say why:
Sudanese authorities re-arrested a Sudanese woman on Tuesday hours after she was freed from death row, and detained her and her family as they tried to board a plane in Khartoum, a security source and her lawyer said. …
The security official said he did know the reason for the re-arrest. One of Ibrahim’s lawyers said she was being held at a security building outside the airport with her husband and two children.
The State Department needs to get the family on a diplomatic transport as soon as possible.
jon carry is rite ON it !
If we actually had a leader they woudl threaten to pull all funding of the UN over this entire incident....
and people would ask “why are you blaming the UN over Sudan?” and I would say “ Because the UN has done nothing over the last 50 years to prevent governments from punishing apostates and religious freedom, especially protecting apostates from government persecution is a fundamental HUMAN right”....
This would force all the other muzzie countries in the UN to put pressure on the sudan to let her go.
” The State Department needs to get the family on a diplomatic transport as soon as possible. “
Our state dept. won’t even protect our own damned ambassadors...
They won’t even lift a finger for these christian folks, one of whom is in fact a citizen by birth the other a citizen by marrige and the children citizens by extension....
One reason, I’d be willing to bet (especially now that they’ detained a US citizen as well and his kids):
The state dept is a branch of the democrat party.
This family has nothing for the party.
They will be left.
If they were gay wealthy donors to the party, they would send in all kinds of assets to get them back to the US.
[ If they were gay wealthy donors to the party, they would send in all kinds of assets to get them back to the US. ]
Amb. Stevens, while Gay was obviously not rich enough....
It’s a filthy, cruel game these Sudanese animals are playing.
[ One reason, Id be willing to bet (especially now that they detained a US citizen as well and his kids):
We should ransom their own capital back to these savages....
Release these citizens or lose your hell hole capital to molten soon to be solidified sand...
I agree, ransom.
Hey, what do you mean the U.N. doesn’t do anything?
“U.N. urges Israeli restraint in hunt for teens, warns of violence”
Since our government is so inclined to deal with muslims, they did it for a payoff of some sort. Gaurrantee it.
Prayers up, Lord please do not let evil win this battle!
Let’s face it; in the international kidnapping for profit game, Americans mean $$$.
The same holds true for almost any Westerners, but seeing as the Sudanese government now holds an American citizen in their custody, I can only presume the President (or whomever) is currently practicing his Dr. Evil impression in front of a mirror.
We were warned this would happen when five Taliban terrorists and a ransom were paid for one deserter.
Obama will never pay ransom for this poor family. She and her family are Christians - therefore unworthy of his attention.
Yep. For instance, aside from bank robbery, ISIS seems to have a rather lucrative kidnapping side-biz going on.
Boko Haram as well. Heaven forbid you stumble down a blind alley in Tijuana; some of the narcocartels are really into “kidnapping for fun and profit” as well.
And I should give honorable mention to the Corsicans. If you ever have to be kidnapped for $$$, you’d better hope it’s the Corsicans who do it, because they’re the world grand masters in that little game.
[ Hey, what do you mean the U.N. doesnt do anything?
U.N. urges Israeli restraint in hunt for teens, warns of violence
I shoudl have said the UN doesn’t do anything helpful or useful for civilized society....
No, he won’t, unless it makes good cover for him to give US dollars to his muslim buddies.
Enough is enough.
Time for the (figurative) nuclear option...
Unless Meriam is released immediately and allowed to leave, Every government building, bridge, transportation center and official residence in Khartoum will be obliterated by kinder and gentler missiles and drones, within 24 hours.