Sudan ‘apostasy’ woman arrives in Italy
Looks like the Sudanese woman, Mariam Ibrahim Ishaq, who had been sentenced to death for “apostasy” in Sudan is likely on her way back to the US.
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan, has flown into Rome on an Italian government plane, officials say.
Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq, 27, whose sentence and detention stirred international outrage, arrived on Thursday at Rome’s Ciampino airport with her family and Lapo Pistelli, Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, television pictures showed.
There were no details on what led up to Mariam Ishaq’s departure from Khartoum, and there was no immediate comment from the Sudanese authorities.
Mohaned Mostafa, Mariam Ishaq’s lawyer, said he had not been told of her departure.
“I don’t know anything about such news but so far the complaint that was filed against Mariam and which prevents her from traveling from Sudan has not been cancelled,” Mostafa told Reuters.
Sounds almost like the US and the Italians cooperated to more-or-less smuggle her out of the country - even her own lawyer didn’t know she was gone.
Kudos; I’m glad she’s out of there and on her way to the United States where she can hopefully have a normal life once the media furor dies down.