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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim’s family files new lawsuit to annul her marriage
Trying to keep her from fleeing the country.
Published 19 July 2014 | Brownie Marie
Meriam Ibrahim’s family filed another lawsuit against her on Friday in a continued attempt to keep her from leaving Sudan.
The first lawsuit filed earlier this week sought to prove the biological link between Ibrahim and her Muslim father, but the suit was inexplicably dropped by the family. A new lawsuit now seeks to annul Ibrahim’s marriage to Christian U.S. citizen Daniel Wani.
Although she was raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother, Ibrahim is considered Muslim under Sharia law because that is the faith of her estranged father. She was arrested in January for apostasy and sentenced to 100 lashes and death after her family filed charges against her.
The religious freedom case garnered international attention, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned her sentence. Britain’s foreign office called Ibrahim’s sentence “barbaric,” and urged Sudanese Charge d’Affaires Bukhari Afandi to overturn her conviction.
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