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  • on 24.07.2014
  • at 03:00 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

Meriam Ibrahim arrives in Rome 0

Karthoum – The Sudanese Christian woman who escaped death penalty for apostasy, Meriam Ibrahim, safely arrived in Rome accompanied by her family and Italy’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, who undertook a secret visit where he negotiated her departure with Sudanese government.

Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death last May for renouncing Islam, but was released after what the government said was “unprecedented” international pressure. An appeals court found Ibrahim not guilty on two charges of apostasy and adultery and overturned the lower tribunal’s verdict.

However, the 27-year-old woman was taken into custody by National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officers at Khartoum airport last month along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two children.

After being released from custody, Ibrahim stayed at the US embassy in Khartoum along with her husband and two young children.

There were no details on what led up to Ibrahim’s departure from Khartoum, and there was no immediate comment from the Sudanese government.

However the Italian deputy foreign minister told reporters he had been in Sudan two weeks ago to mediate Ibrahim’s departure and met with her for the first time in the US American where she was.

Pistelli, arrived in Khartoum on Wednesday evening in an Italian government airplane and collected Ibrahim and her family. They arrived at Ciampino’s military airport, on the outskirts of Rome in the early morning on Thursday.

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