Meriam Ibrahim walked out of prison in Khartoum yesterday and was taken to a safe house.
Her release was announced yesterday by Sudanese state media, which said that the Supreme Court had overturned the verdict and she was to be freed.
Meriam, who was condemned to death under Islamic sharia law on May 15 while she was pregnant, became the focus of worldwide media attention. The 27-year-old gave birth in May in a women’s prison.
Her husband, US citizen, Daniel Wani, visited his wife and new child last week. He told the media both were in “good health”.
Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death earlier this month for refusing to give up her religion, has given birth.
She gave birth to a healthy baby girl today, after spending the past four months shackled to the floor in squalid jail, the Daily Mail reports.
Another member of Meriam’s legal team, Mohaned Mustafa Elnour, told the Daily Mail yesterday: ‘This is some good news in what has been a terrible ordeal for Meriam.
“I am planning to visit her with her husband Daniel later today. I think they are going to call the baby Maya.”
An appeal has been lodged against Meriam’s conviction, Amnesty International reported last week.
“The plight and the bravery of this young pregnant mother has clearly touched the world. More than 620,000 Amnesty International supporters have taken action to call for her immediate and unconditional release,” Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher said on 23 May.
“Since Meriam has been sentenced, we are deeply concerned at the conditions of her detention and use of cruel and inhuman forms of restraint,” he said.
“The Sudanese authorities must guarantee Meriam’s safety and release her immediately and unconditionally.”
Meriam’s son, 20-month-old Martin, has been with her inside the cell since she was first charged in February, The Telegraph reports.
Previously, Mamamia wrote…
She is eight months pregnant.
She is mother to a 20-month-old baby.
She is a 27-year-old Christian woman married to the Christian man she loves.
And this morning, she was sentenced to death in a Sudanese court for refusing to convert to Islam, the religion of her estranged father.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was convicted on charges of ‘apostasy’ — the abandonment of one’s religious faith — by a court in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Mothers’ Day.
She was also convicted of “adultery” — not because she had been unfaithful to her husband, but because her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan is considered void under Sharia law as practiced in the east African country.
Meriam, a doctor, was given three days to recant her faith or face a possible sentence of death. But she refused to do so, having been raised by her mother as an Orthodox Christian after her Muslim father reportedly abandoned the pair when Meriam was six.