‘Apostasy woman’ flies to Italy
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the United States embassy in Khartoum.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family flew on an Italian government plane, accompanied by Italian minister Lapo Pistelli.
Her father is Muslim, so according to Sudan’s version of Islamic law she is also Muslim and cannot convert.
She was raised by her Christian mother and says she has never been Muslim.
Mr. Pistelli, Italy’s vice-minister for foreign affairs, posted a photo of himself with Mrs. Ibrahim and her children on his Facebook account as they were about to land in Rome.
Her husband, Daniel Wani, also a Christian, is from South Sudan and has U.S nationality, the BBC reports.
Their daughter Maya was born in prison in May, shortly after Mrs. Ibrahim was sentenced to hang for apostasy – renouncing one’s faith – sparking global outrage.
Under intense international pressure, her conviction was quashed and she was freed in June.
She was given South Sudanese travel documents but was arrested at Khartoum airport, accused of using fake identity papers.
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