Sudan woman facing execution for apostasy arrives in US

Manchester - A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, arrived in the United States on Thursday.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was scheduled on Thursday evening to arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has relatives, her brother-in-law Gabriel Wani said in a phone interview.

"I'm very happy," Wani said as he waited for Ibrahim to arrive at Manchester airport. "I have been waiting for this for a long time."

Since leaving Sudan after her sentence and detention triggered international outrage, Ibrahim has been in Rome, where she met with Pope Francis along with her husband and two children.

She first touched down in the United States at Philadelphia International Airport, where she briefly met with that city's mayor, Michael Nutter.

"It's very clear she is a tremendously strong woman," Nutter told reporters after greeting Ibrahim and giving her family a toy version of the Liberty Bell, one of the city's historic artifacts. "Ibrahim is a world freedom fighter."

Ibrahim, aged 27, was sentenced to death in May on charges of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian South Sudanese-American.

Her conviction was quashed in June, but Sudan's government accused her of trying to leave the country with falsified papers, preventing her departure for the United States.

Renouncing the Islamic faith is punishable by death under many countries' interpretation of Islamic law.

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Johnny B Goode 2014/08/01 09:04:33 AM
"Renouncing the Islamic faith is punishable by death under many countries' interpretation of Islamic law." South African moslems do you condemn this law? A simple yes or no will suffice.
Richard 2014/08/01 09:24:57 AM
This law reminds me of the dark ages when the Catholic Church burned people at the stake for being witches.
Anthoula Joshua 2014/08/03 12:16:17 AM
Amen. We prayed for her and her family. Shows you our God is not dead. He listens when you ask for the right thing and when it is right. Thank you Jesus for her safety and that of her family.