#AceBreakingNews – ROME – July 24 – A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on Thursday in an Italian government plane.
1 OF 3. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan (R) carries one of her children as she arrives with Lapo Pistelli (C), Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child, and his wife Agnese (L in More…
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Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.
There were no details on what led up to the 27-year-old’s departure after a month in limbo in Khartoum, but a senior Sudanese official said it had been cleared by the government.
"The authorities did not prevent her departure that was known and approved in advance," the senior official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Italy’s vice-minister for foreign affairs says Meriam Ibrahim has been flown to Rome along with her family after spending over a month in the US Embassy in Khartoum (GretaWire)
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#AceWorldNews – SUDAN (Khartoum) – May 31 – Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.
Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.
Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.
Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.
In an interview with The Times newspaper, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the ruling as “barbaric” and out of step with today’s world.
The UK Foreign Office this week said that it would push for Ms Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.
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#AceWorldNews Sudanese police fired tear gas at a group of 200 anti-government protesters in the north of Khartoum, the capital Saturday, according to an eyewitness, Reuters reports.
The demonstration was the second this week by Pro-Democracy Activists, in which a student protester was killed by police in clashes on Tuesday.
#AceWorldNews About 100,000 people have fled their homes in Sudan’s Darfur region because of an upsurge of violence in the last six weeks, according to the UN peacekeeping chief.
Herve Ladsous said Wednesday this adds to the nearly 2 million people displaced by the Darfur conflict, including 400,000 last year, AP reported.
Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003 when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination.
#AceWorldNews A student in Sudan died on Tuesday after police fired tear gas at a demonstration taking place at Khartoum University, in the country’s centre, according to a statement emailed to Reuters by police.
The protesters reportedly had ties with the Darfur region, where dozens have been killed in recent weeks during clashes with the forces of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
The police deployed tear gas and used batons on the 200 students who had comprised the march against violence in Darfur, for which they hold the government responsible.
Bashir has remained in power, despite an indictment from the International Criminal Court accusing him of instigating war crimes in Darfur.