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  • 26 June 2014, 22:42

Meriam Ibrahim Released After Airport Arrest

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity has been freed for a second time.

After the death sentence was overturned,Meriam Ibrahimhad gone to Khartoum Airport with her family to fly to the US. But she was detained and accused of forging travel documents.

On Thursday, the 27-year-old walked out of a police station carrying the baby she was forced to give birth to in prison.

Ibrahim and her husband, Daniel Wani, who is disabled and was seen being carried by two men, got into a vehicle with their other child and left, followed by police cars and two vehicles with diplomatic plates.

Her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahman, told the Associated Press she had been released after the government was pressed by foreign diplomats.

Another lawyertold Reuters that Ms Ibrahim's release was conditional upon her remaining in Sudan and added that the family had gone to the US embassy after the release.

Ms Ibrahim was convicted last month of apostasy and adultery and claimed she had always been a Christian, having been raised by her Ethiopian mother while her Muslim father had left when she was young.

She married Mr Wani in 2011 and has refused to renounce her faith.

Ms Ibrahim's death sentence for apostasy drew international condemnation.

She was acquitted by Sudan's Court of Cassation and freed on Monday.

Earlier on Thursday, the US State Department said it was a "very fluid situation" and could not confirm whether Ibrahim had been released.

"We are in communication with the Sudanese Foreign Ministry to ensure that she and her family will be free to travel as quickly as possible," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

"From our perspective, Miriam has all of the documents she needs to travel to and enter the United States. It is up to the government of Sudan to allow her to exit the country."

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