#AceNewsServices – SUDAN – June 06 – The alleged brother of the Sudanese woman on death row for being a Christian says she deserves to die if she won’t renounce her faith.
Al-Samani al-Hadi told CNN that he is one of three brothers to Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old who was sentenced to death last month for abandoning Islam. In Sudan, converting religions is a crime.
Ibrahim, who gave birth in jail shortly after her sentencing, has appealed her execution, the Associated Press reported.
Al-Hadi claimed his sister was a Muslim until she met her future husband. He said she went missing last July, and when the family found her 45 days later, “she was bewitched.”
The Muslim man said he believes Daniel Wani gave his sister “potions” and coerced her into converting religions.
Ibrahim has a different story.
She said she was raised a Christian after her Muslim father deserted her mother.
She met Wani, a Sudanese refugee and U.S. citizen who lives in New Hampshire, in 2009 and married him in 2011.
But the 27-year-old was jailed in February because, under Sudanese law, children must follow their father’s religion — making Ibrahim legally a Muslim and her Christian faith punishable by death.
Al-Hadi told CNN that if his sister did not recant her Christian faith, he would accept the court’s sentence.