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Each time it appears that Meriam Ibrahim has come to the end of her suffering, a new obstacle arises. Although she was released from prison earlier this week, she is now facing a new set of criminal charges in Sudan. In addition, a member of her family is still demanding that she “repent.” Lord have mercy.
Released Sudanese Christian woman faces 2 new charges
By Nima Elbagir and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
(CNN) — A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her faith — and then released — has been charged on two criminal counts after trying to leave the African country for the United States, her legal team said Wednesday.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, who was detained with her American husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children at an airport in Khartoum on Tuesday, is accused of traveling with falsified documents and giving false information, according to her legal team.
The family is currently being held in a Khartoum police station and has been refused bail.
Ibrahim’s legal team told CNN that Daniel Wani is being held as an accessory.
The family was stopped at the airport after what Ibrahim’s lawyers described Tuesday as an alleged “irregularity with her documentation.”
Ibrahim has a U.S. visa and was headed to the United States with her family, her legal team said.
The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that Ibrahim and her family had been “temporarily detained at the airport” for questioning over issues relating to their travel and documentation.
“They have not been arrested. The government has assured us of their safety,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said then.
Harf said that the U.S. Embassy “has been and will remain highly involved in working with the family and the government,” saying “we are engaging directly with Sudanese officials to secure their safe and swift departure from Sudan.”
Sudanese authorities said Ibrahim had been detained because of the documents she submitted.
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