CNS News publicly questioned State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki regarding the United States (U.S.) citizenship of Daniel Wani, husband to a Christian mother pregnant with her second child sentenced to death May 15 for her faith, and his children. Two Congressmen, Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) sent a letter Friday to the U.S. Department of State calling on it to grant political asylum to Wani’s wife, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim.
05/21/2014 Washington, D.C. (CNS News) – The U.S. State Department on Monday declined to say if Martin Wani, a 20-month-old Christian boy imprisoned by the Islamist Sudanese government, is a U.S. citizen.
“You don’t know whether that little boy in prison is a U.S. citizen?” CNSNews.com asked State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki at the department’s Monday press briefing.
“I don’t have any more details to share,” Psaki said.
The State Department also would not say if the boy’s father, Daniel Wani, is a U.S. citizen and if, as the father has reportedly said, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum asked the father to secure DNA evidence to prove his imprisoned 20-month-old son was in fact his son.
Meriam Ibrahim—the toddler’s mother and fellow prisoner–was sentenced to be executed last week by a Sudanese court. Her capital offense was refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim’s husband, is reportedly a naturalized U.S. citizen who has been seeking help from the U.S. State Department for himself, his son, his wife, and the unborn child, who Meriam Ibrahim is now carrying in the eighth month of pregnancy.