Family of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim Still Wants Her Dead
Meriam gave birth to a baby girl, named Maya, inside the prison clinic while she was reportedly chained to a bed. Meriam was not taken to a hospital. She delivered the baby in prison. Meriam was told she would be allowed to nurse her daughter for two years before her sentence of 100 lashes and death by hanging was carried out.
She is currently hiding at the US embassy.
Muslim “relatives” of a Sudanese Christian woman hiding at the US embassy are taking her to court to try to prove she belongs to their family, a lawyer said Tuesday.
The complainants are the same people who laid an apostasy charge against Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 26, said the lawyer, Mohanad Mustafa.
Ishag was sentenced to death in May for apostasy from Islam, under Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions on pain of death.
An appeals court later quashed the verdict and sentence.
Her case raised questions of religious freedom and sparked deep concern among Western governments and human rights activists.
“In fact, it is not her family” who filed the cases, Mustafa said. “They want to get her in trouble. Somebody supports them. I can’t mention who.”
Mustafa confirmed that a case has been lodged against Ishag in family court “to prove that Meriam is Abrar and she is one of the family.”