Reports Say Meriam Ibrahim Is Being Held on Charges of Forgery

Hopes were briefly raised, then crushed yesterday as Miriam Ibhraim—the Sudanese mother of two sentenced to death for her Christian faith, then released after a global outcry and then detained along with her family as she attempted to leave the country—appeared to be back where she started. Yesterday, Sudanese officials kept mum on exactly why they were holding 27-year-old Ibrahim, her husband and her children captive, but today announced that she was suspected of forgery. While the report did not give details, it is believed she has been accused of forging travel documents, although she is in possession of an American visa and South Sudan emergency papers.

“The Sudanese authorities considered (the action) a criminal violation,” said a Facebook post by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services. Under Sudanese law, such an offense is punishable by up to five years in prison …

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