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Apostasy case: Ibrahim faces new challenge

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In this still image made from an undated video provided by Al Fajer, a Sudanese non-governmental organisation, Mariam Yahya Ibrahim breast-feeds her newborn daughter. Picture: Al Fajer

Khartoum -

Muslim “relatives” of a Sudanese Christian woman hiding at the US embassy are taking her to court to try to prove she belongs to their family, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

The complainants are the same people who laid an apostasy charge against Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, said the lawyer, Mohanad Mustafa.

Ibrahim was sentenced to death in May for apostasy from Islam, under Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions on pain of death.

An appeals court later quashed the verdict and sentence.

Her case raised questions of religious freedom and sparked deep concern among Western governments and human rights activists.

“In fact, it is not her family” who filed the cases, Mustafa told AFP. “They want to get her in trouble. Somebody supports them. I can't mention who.”

Mustafa confirmed that a case has been lodged against Ibrahim in family court “to prove that Mariam is Abrar and she is one of the family”.

Muslims refer to her as Abrar al-Hadi Mohamed Abdalla.

Neither Ibrahim nor her lawyers have yet received documents confirming when the case will be heard, Mustafa said.

“I think the court will dismiss the case,” he added.

It is not a criminal action, meaning it would not affect her chances of travelling abroad.

Ibrahim is, however, charged criminally with forgery and providing false information in relation to a South Sudanese travel document she used last week while trying to leave Sudan for the United States, a day after the appeals court ruling.

On Sunday, lawyers asked prosecutors to dismiss the forgery-related charges.

Mustafa said that would leave Ibrahim and her family - including a baby daughter born while she was on death row - free to leave the country.

Ibrahim's American husband Daniel Wani has said threats forced the family to go into hiding and seek the embassy's protection.

A man claiming to be her brother has stated that the family would carry out the death sentence if she were acquitted, according to Christian activists.

Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father who abandoned the family, leaving her to be raised by her Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother, according to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum, which said she joined the Catholic church shortly before she married.

The case has re-focused attention on a country which has slipped from the international spotlight but where an 11-year-old war and other unrest continues in Darfur, government troops and rebels are fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and millions of people need humanitarian aid. - Sapa-AFP


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