Reports say Sudan to release sister-in-law of NH man
Gabriel Wani said he has been desperately trying to reach his brother, Daniel, in Sudan to confirm reports Monday that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim has been released from prison and reunited with her husband.
CNN reported that a Sudanese appeals court found an initial judgment against the woman was faulty. Ibrahim’s lawyer said the appeals ruling allowed Ibrahim, her toddler son and a baby girl born last month in prison to be released from custody.
It also made Gabriel more desperate to try to reach his brother.
International pressure on Sudan has been mounting since news surfaced that Ibrahim, who was eight-months pregnant at the time, was sentenced to hang after refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Under Sharia law in Sudan, she was considered a Muslim because her father was a Muslim. As a Muslim, she could not legally marry a Christian, which Daniel Wani is, and their marriage was not recognized.
Gabriel and Daniel Wani fled Sudan in 1998 and became U.S. citizens in 2005.
U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster of New Hampshire issued statements about the Sudanese court’s decision.