Sudanese ‘apostate’ is now in Italy
MARIAM Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq, 27, the woman at the centre of international outrage when she was sentenced to death earlier this year for “apostasy”, is now in Italy thanks action taken by of the Italian authorities.
The mother of two was sentenced to death by a Sudanese court in May on charges of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian South Sudanese-American, but, bowing to international pressure, the death sentence was quashed. The Sudanese government then accused her of trying to leave the country with falsified papers and prevented her departure for the US with her husband and two children.
The family arrived today at Rome’s Ciampino airport with Lapo Pistelli, Italy’s Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, as the top picture shows.
There were no details of what led up to their departure from Khartoum, and there was no immediate comment from the Sudanese authorities.
Mohamed Mostafa, Mariam Ishaq’s lawyer, said he had not been told of her departure.
I don’t know anything about such news but so far the complaint that was filed against Mariam and which prevents her from traveling from Sudan has not been cancelled.
Ishaq says she was born and raised as a Christian by an Ethiopian family in Sudan and later abducted by a Sudanese Muslim family.
The Muslim family denies that and filed a lawsuit to have her marriage annulled last week in a new attempt to stop her leaving the country. That case was later dropped.
Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, mentioned Ibrahim’s case in his speech to inaugurate Italy’s six-month European Union presidency earlier this month.
“If there is no European reaction, we cannot feel worthy to call ourselves ‘Europe’,” he said.
Muslim women are not permitted to marry Christian men under the brand of Islamic law enforced in Sudan.
The family had been staying at the US embassy in Khartoum.