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Lawyer: Meriam Ibrahim freed for a second time

Sudanese police have released a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam for a second time on condition that she stays in the country, her lawyer said.

Meriam Ibrahim with husband Daniel Wani. Credit: Reuters

Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was detained at the airport on Tuesday, one day after an appeals court overturned a death sentence imposed for having converted from Islam to marry her American Christian husband.

Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services agency said that Ibrahim had attempted to travel to the US using an American visa and documents issued by South Sudan.

Meriam Ibrahim 'tried to travel with American visa'

The Sudanese government has summoned both the United States and South Sudan ambassadors following the re-arrest of Christian convert Miriam Ibrahim over "forged" travel documents.

Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services agency said that Ibrahim had attempted to travel to the US using an American visa and documents issued by South Sudan.

A post on Facebook, in which the agency referred to her using her Muslim name, read: "The airport passport police arrested Abrar after she presented emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa."

"The Sudanese authorities considered (the action) a criminal violation, and the Foreign Ministry summoned the American and South Sudanese ambassadors," it added.

Meriam Ibrahim 'questioned over forged information'

Meriam Ibrahim with husband Daniel Wani and her two children yesterday. Credit: Hardwired Global/Facebook

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who was re-arrested today hours after her release from the death row, has been sent to a police station in Khartoum for questioning over providing forged information, her lawyer said.

The 27-year-old Sudanese Christian convert was detained along with her American husband and two children as they tried to board a flight at Khartoum airport earlier today.

It was unclear where they were heading, but two diplomats said they suspected they were trying to go to the United States via either Cairo or Juba.

Her lawyer, Mohaned Mostafa, told the Reuters news agency he was with her at the police station and the police wanted to question her about providing forged information.

He was unable to immediately provide further details.

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