The Christian Sudanese woman released from prison and then re-arrested at Khartoum airport Tuesday has now been charged with fraud and banned from leaving the country, according to authorities.
Meriam Ibrahim, who has been held in a Sudanese prison with her son since February, was freed of her death sentence for practicing her Christian faith, after international groups and government officials put pressure on the Sudanese government.
Ibrahim gave birth to a baby girl while in prison.
Ibrahim was then re-arrested at the airport with her husband and two children. Now, new charges are being brought against her for allegedly forging travel documents as she tried to leave the country, according to a report by Mail Online.
Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, an American citizen residing in New Hampshire, had said upon his wife’s release from prison that the family intended to travel to the U.S.
Meriam, who had been charged with apostasy, or leaving Islam, was told she should have used her given name on the documents and not the Christian name she adopted after becoming a Christian, according to sources.
At the airport in Khartoum, 40 members of Sudan’s security police confronted Meriam and her family, taking them in for questioning.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed at her daily press briefing Tuesday that Meriam, her husband and two children were detained due to ‘issues related to their travel.’
Harf denied that they had been arrested and said the Sudanese government ‘has assured us of their safety.’
‘The State Department is engaging directly with Sudanese officials to secure their safe and swift departure from Sudan,’ Harf said.