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Meriam Ibrahim’s Family Filed Appeal With Sudanese Supreme Court

Meriam Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani

Meriam Ibrahim and her husband Daniel Wani

By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service, July 18, 2014

Surrey, England – A British-based human rights group is reporting that Meriam Ibrahim’s alleged family has filed an appeal with the Sudanese Supreme Court, challenging the Court of Appeal decision to quash her death sentence for apostasy and 100 lashes for adultery.

According to a news release from Christians Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), although the appeal has been filed, the Supreme Court has yet to determine whether it will be accepted.

Sudanese criminal procedures state that an appeal of a decision of the Appeal Court can be made by an interested party, but it is up to the Supreme Court to determine whether the individual has the necessary legal standing to do so. If the Supreme Court accepts the appeal, it will then review the Appeal Court decision. Usually, this process can take up to three months.

On June 23, the Appeal Court overturned the decision of the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousif, Khartoum to sentence Ibrahim to death for apostasy and 100 lashes for adultery, as prescribed in articles 146 and 126 of Sudan’s Penal Code.

The Appeal Court also recognized Ibrahim’s marriage to Daniel Wani, and ordered her immediate release.

CSW said Ibrahim was born in western Sudan to a Sudanese Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Her father left the family when she was six years old, and she was subsequently brought up as a Christian by her mother.

The case against Ibrahim began after her alleged family members made Sudanese authorities aware of her marriage to Wani, a Christian with joint Sudanese and American citizenship.

Morning Star News reported that Ibrahim testified before the court on March 4 that she is a lifelong Christian, producing her marriage certificate, where she is classified as Christian, as evidence.

CSW said three potential witnesses from western Sudan who went to court to testify of Ibrahim’s lifelong commitment to Christianity were prohibited from giving evidence.

On June 24, one day after her acquittal and release from prison, both Ibrahim and Wani were detained by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) at Khartoum Airport. They were later arrested and charged with forgery and provision of false information under article 123 and 97 of the 1991 Criminal Code, due to alleged irregularities with her travel documents.

Both Ibrahim and Wani are out on bail pending further action on these charges. They are not allowed to leave the country while criminal charges are pending.

CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said in the news release, “We urge the prosecutor to drop the criminal charges against Mrs. Ibrahim and her husband, which have no legal basis, and to allow them to leave the country unhindered.”

He added, “CSW continues to call upon the Sudanese authorities to uphold the right to freedom of religion or belief for all its citizens, as guaranteed by article 38 of Sudan’s own constitution as well as the international covenants to which Sudan is a signatory.”

Christian Solidarity Worldwide works for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

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Jeremy Reynalds

Jeremy Reynalds

Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “A Sheltered Life.”Additional details on “A Sheltered Life” are available at Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at

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