And so the disrespect by the Sudanese government for America continues. Last night it was widely reported that Meriam Ibrahim had been released from prison. However, as reported today by CNN, she was rearrested Tuesday at an airport as she was trying to leave the African country. Ibrahim, her American husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children were stopped at an airport in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, and then detained and interrogated at Khartoum’s national security headquarters.Why didn’t the U.S. State Department provide escort for this family to depart this Islamist state? Where are Barack and Michelle on this case?
This is blatant disregard for and an affront to an American citizen.
Wani, in a phone call to CNN, also said that he and his family were being held at the national security office, but did not provide details. The developments came a day after Ibrahim’s legal team announced she’d been released from prison after weeks of international controversy over her conviction on apostasy and adultery charges.
The case began when one of Ibrahim’s brothers, a Muslim, filed a criminal complaint saying her family was shocked to find out Ibrahim had married Wani, a Christian, after she was missing for several years, according to her lawyer. The court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim, but she proclaimed to be a Christian. So she was charged with adultery, because a Muslim woman’s marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan, and with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing her original faith.“I am a Christian,” she said during her sentencing hearing last month, “and I will remain a Christian.”‘ After her sentence drew international condemnation from rights groups and foreign embassies in Khartoum — including those of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada — an appeals court this month ruled that the judgment against her was faulty, and she was released, according to her lawyer.
The arrogance of the Sudanese government is demonstrated by the statement of Sudanese Parliament speaker Fatih Izz Al-Deen, who defended the conviction last month, insisting thhe claims that Ibrahim was raised as non-Muslim are untrue. She was raised in an Islamic environment, Al-Deen said.
The message needs to be sent to Sudan by a platoon of U.S. Marines who will escort this family out of this backassward barbaric state to safety. The Sudanese have crossed a “red line” — they are unlawfully detaining an American family. But then again, why not? Obama has allowed the Mexican government to do the same to U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi. Obama has allowed the Iranians to do so to American Pastor Saeed Abedini. Obama has allowed the North Koreans to do so with American Kenneth Bae.But Obama made a big deal about recovering a known deserter as he released five senior Taliban. I have to ask again, whose side is he on?