Sudanese Christian woman facing new criminal charges

A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to death, but released, then rearrested, has been charged on two criminal counts, her lawyers said Wednesday.

CNN noted that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim’s legal team said their client has now been accused of traveling with falsified documents and giving false information.

Ibrahim and her husband, Daniel Wani, an American, were arrested at the airport in Khartoum as they were attempting to leave Sudan on Tuesday with their two small children.

The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services said that the 27-year-old woman had South Sudanese documents, despite not being a citizen of South Sudan and was attempting to travel to the United States.
“This was considered illegal by the Sudanese authorities, who have summoned both the U.S. and South Sudanese ambassadors,” the agency said in a message posted on its Facebook page Wednesday morning.

Ibahim was originally convicted in May for not renouncing her Christian faith and sentenced to death by hanging.

Her mother was Orthodox and her father was Muslim. Even though her father left when she was a child and she was raised Christian, under Sharia law, she is considered to be Muslim because of her father.

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