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-UPDATE: Meriam Ibrahim and Family Still Being Detained in Sudan

by Dr. D ~ June 25th, 2014

Farewell bidders at Khartoum Int'l Airport

                    (Khartoum Int’l Airport-Photo credit: simsimt)

According to the latest sources that I could find this morning, Meriam Ibrahim and her family including her husband who is a US citizen and her two young children are still being detained by authorities in Sudan.

Yesterday there were a couple of reports that they had been released but the story was not confirmed and apparently that was not the case. A news release from Christian Solidarity Worldwide claims that they are currently being held by Khartoum police:

Mrs Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani and their children Martin Wani and Maya Wani were initially detained by the Sudanese National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) on 24 June at Khartoum Airport and taken to the NISS offices near Khartoum Airport, before being transferred to a police station in Khartoum.

The police have refused to release the family on bail and have stated they require 24 hours to conclude their investigation. Mrs Ibrahim has not been charged with any offence; however the police are investigating alleged irregularities with her travel documents.

<Read the whole article>

An interesting winkle to this case was provided by ASSIST News Service. According to their report, the family was protected and driven to the airport and provided with papers and visas by US diplomats who argued with Sudanese officials on their behalf to no avail. On the other side, Mariam’s older bother who brought the charges against her in the first place claims that she was ‘kidnapped’ by her husband and US diplomats and insisted that the police arrest her husband and not allow her to leave the country.

According to State Department officials, the Sudanese government has given them assurances that the family is safe and will be protected even though there have been numerous death threats issued against them.

We will keep on following this case and please keep on praying.              *Top

Here are links to our earlier posts concerning this family and their saga:

-Sudanese Christian Woman Under Death Sentence Released by Appeals Court Then Arrested Again

-More On Christian Pregnant Woman Facing Death in Sudan

-Sudan: Pregnant Christian Woman Facing Death For Conversion

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