Sudan Mom at US Embassy But 'Not Truly Free'
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who was detained again after her death sentence was overturned, is taking refuge family at the U.S. Embassy in Sudan.
The American Center for Law and Justice reports that Sudanese police released Ibrahim and her family in U.S. custody on the condition they not leave the country.
The 27-year-old mother of two had been sentenced to death for marrying a Christian and "abandoning" the Muslim faith of her father.
She contends that she never was a Muslim and always embraced the Christian faith that her mother taught her.
Ibrahim's sentence was overturned, but she was detained again at an airport as she and her family tried to leave the country. She's now accused of forging travel documents.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson believes Ibrahim "has all of the documents she needs to travel to the United States...but it is up to the government of Sudan to allow her to exit the country."
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a U.S. official says American diplomats are in negotiations with Sudanese authorities to arrange her departure from Sudan.
Meanwhile, the ACLJ is calling on the U.S. government to aggressively seek the permanent release of Ibrahim and her family.
"While not physically in the custody of the Sudanese government at the present time, Meriam and her American family are not truly free until they are safely in America," ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow wrote in a statement.