Sudanese ‘apostate’ is now in Italy

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.



11 responses to “Sudanese ‘apostate’ is now in Italy”

  1. Broga says:

    I suppose something effective, generous and kindly would be outside Dave’s ambit. Although, he did, to give him credit do something on FGM after decades of the child abuse being ignored by our parliament. Well done Italy.

  2. Norman Paterson says:

    It’s good to see such an inspiring example of the teachings and humanity that religion brings to us all. Without the moral guidance of religion we would be sunk in a hopeless, dark and endless depravity, no better than beasts.

    Goodness knows what might have happened to Mariam if she had not been living in Sudan, without Islam there to teach her right from wrong.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    “Muslim women are not permitted to marry Christian men under the brand of Islamic law enforced in Sudan.”

    That brand being Islam as it has been practiced for centuries. Only in religion is the norm considered extreme. It isn’t a distortion of Islam. It is Islam.

  4. Adam Tjaavk says:

    Is it the nice ones or the nasty ones the
    cultural-historical whitewashing distortion?

    The Janus face of Islam

    When in the West or in the land of the infidels or when
    weak, then practice ‘Meccan Islam’. [equitable, humane, cuddly]

    When in Islamic paradises or when the number of Muslims becomes
    sizable in an infidels land, then practice ‘Medina Islam’ or the
    ‘real Islam’. [tyrannical, ferocious, murderous]

    Abul Kasem | Faith Freedom


  5. barriejohn says:

    She has now met the Pope.

    I’m lost for words.

  6. barriejohn says:

    I was under the impression that Meriam had been released as a result of Stephen Green’s “Witness” at the Sudanese Embassy. I thought that they had said: “Look out – Christian Voice are on the warpath, we’d better do something quickly!” Still, we all know that Catholics and Muslims are all spawn of satan until they happen to be on the same side, when they become decent, moral, godfearing people.

  7. barriejohn says:

    Humanists, of course, cannot behave ethically. You need religious belief for that.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    She’s visiting the pope? Has she not had enough of the evil that bloody religion can inflict on her!!!!

  9. 1859 says:

    This case makes islam look bad (which it is) , but the xristians are crowing with delight saying ‘look how tolerant, how good we are’ (which they are not). Mariam has escaped one religion for another and will no doubt bring up her kids as god-fearing xtians.

  10. sailor1031 says:

    Seems there’s precious little that PR-Pope Francis won’t exploit in his world-wide propaganda campaign to show himself as kind, caring, compassionate and reforming – except of course to institute any reforms! Ms Ishaq isn’t even catholic.