According to sources Meriam Ibrahim now faces up to seven years in jail over new offences leveled at her by the Sudanese regime-
These new charges were brought against her after she was re-arrested at the Khartoum airport along with her two children and husband, an American citizen.
She is being accused of using her Christian name and not her Islamic name in her documents. She was planning on traveling to the US with her family. Her lawyers maintain her documents were all legitimate.
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.
Meanwhile Senator Cruz this am called on Pres Obama to speak out saying this “is not a partisan issue.”