Sudan Mom Sentenced to Die for Faith Set Free
The Sudanese mother condemned to die for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has been set free, according to her attorney.
Meriam Ibrahim's release came after her sentence was overturned by an appellate court.
Ibrahim, who was jailed along with her toddler son, was forced to give birth to her second child, a daughter, while in prison.
The case drew outrage from the international community. Protesters recently gathered outside the White House to demand action by the Obama Administration.
Will Ibrahim and her young children be granted asylum in the United States? Tina Ramirez, president and founder of Hardwired, a non-profit human rights group that has been working hard for her release, talks more about what's still at stake, along with Matthew Clark, with the American Center for Law and Justice.
The day after the protest, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement saying that the United States condemned her imprisonment.
"She and the children should be reunited at home with her family rather than held in prison on charges of apostasy," Kerry said, calling Sudan to repeal it's anti-human rights laws.
He also suggested that Sudan repeal any Islamic laws that go against basic human rights.
There is no word of reaction from the White House to Ibrahim's release.
Her husband was born in South Sudan before it gained it's independence from Sudan and has dual citzenship with the United States. He was living in the United States but visited Sudan in 2011, met Meriam and married her there.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim's lawyer, Elshareef Ali, said her husband is elated over his wife's release.
"We are very, very happy about this - and we're going to her now," Ali told the BBC. "They have released her... she's on her way to home."
*Photo courtesy of Hardwired.