Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is clinging to her faith, even though her country has condemned her, and her husband’s country – the U.S. – has thus far abandoned her to a death sentence.
Ibrahim’s attorney, Osman Mubarak, said Sunday in a radio interview that his client still has not received any firm assistance from the U.S. beyond empty declarations, even after the case received international media attention in recent days.
Yet Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to be hanged to death for purportedly leaving Islam and marrying an American Christian, has no plans to renounce her Christian faith in order to avoid the death penalty.
Mubarak replied in the negative on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 the Answer, when asked whether the jailed Ibrahim is considering leaving Christianity for Islam now that she has been sentenced to death.
“No, she thinks that the court is wrong, and she is refusing to abdicate her husband and she will continue her life with him,” he stated, “And he visits her once a week. Once a week the jail administration allows him to visit her.”
Mubarak explained to Klein’s audience the court gave Ibrahim two options: “To be executed to death or to return back to Islam.
“If she returns back to Islam, she cannot go back to her husband and marry him again,” he clarified. “The marriage is [considered] illegal.”
Ibrahim’s father reportedly abandoned the family when she was six years old. She was raised a Christian by her Ethiopian Christian mother.
The Sudanese court ruled Ibrahim is an apostate who left Islam since she considers herself a Christian despite her father’s Islamic faith. She was sentenced to death and was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery after the court refused to recognize her marriage with Daniel Wani, an American.
Ibrahim is pregnant. She is also jailed along with her 20-month-old son.
Asked by Klein what will happen to her son and her unborn child if she is hanged, Mubarak explained the children will go to Ibrahim’s Muslim father and not to Wani.
Also, “because [Wani] is Christian, those children should be named with her name. Not with their father’s name, according to Shariah law,” Mubarak stated.
Mubarak said the U.S. has not provided his client any firm assistance other than sending a monitor to the latest court case.
Last week, Mubarak filed an appeal based on Sudanese adoption of international law. He said he has high hopes for the court of appeals.
“There may be positive results,” he stated.
Mubarak said he believes the U.S. will ultimately step in: “They will not allow the citizens to stay in this bad situation,” he said.
Last week, multiple U.S. lawmakers pressed President Obama to grant Ibrahim asylum. Also last week, a group of bipartisan senators condemned Ibrahim’s sentence and urged Sudan to respect religious freedom.
Amnesty International launched an online petition demanding Ibrahim’s release that has garnered over 600,000 signatures.
Listen to Part 1 of the interview with Ibrahim’s attorney below:
Listen to Part 2 of the interview with Ibrahim’s attorney below: