Husband of woman imprisoned in Sudan thanks Cameron for support

Daniel Wani. Credit: ITV News

Meriam Ibhrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying the Christian man she loves remains imprisoned with her newborn baby, and her husband has not been given any official notice about her promised release.

In an interview with ITV News, her husband Daniel Wani said he is still waiting for news, despite assurances from the Sudanese government officials that she will be freed soon.

He said he was grateful to the efforts of the international community, especially the Prime Minister David Cameron, for their support as he continues to plea for his wife's life.

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27-year-old Meriam was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and to death by hanging for apostasy last month after being found guilty of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian US citizen Daniel Wani, who lives in New Hampshire.

She remains in Omdurman Women's Prison in North Khartoum, where she gave birth a few weeks ago.

The baby and her 18-month son are both imprisoned with her. Under Sudanese law, a pregnant woman cannot be executed before giving birth to her child or nursing him or her for two years.

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People have rallied all over the world to condemn her treatment, after Amnesty International first drew attention to her sentencing. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "absolutely appalled" and promised that the UK would press Sudan to act.

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Daniel said he appreciated the Prime Minister's interjection in the case, and said the international support he has received is critical in his quest to release his wife and children.

Ibrahim, a graduate of Sudan University's school of medicine, has been told her death sentence will be deferred for two years but she has not been told if or when she may be able to leave prison.

Daniel said he had seen his wife briefly last week, and he was not happy with what he saw. He is concerned about the health of his newborn daughter, and the conditions his 18-month son is enduring. He was only allowed to stay for five minutes, he said.

Daniel with his 18-month son, also in jail. Credit: ITV News

Daniel has asked US officials to expedite Ibrahim's asylum process for when she is freed.

He says the risks for the family are too great, as there are many people who agree with the sentence imposed on his wife, and he is fearful they will take "the law into their own hands."