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Defense lawyers for Meriuam Yahia Ibrahim, a 27-year-old mother of two and wife to an American citizen sentenced to death for her Christian faith, have categorized reports detailing Ibrahim’s possible release as “absurd.” Saturday, May 31, Abdullah Alzareg, an under-secretary for Sudan’s foreign Ministry, implicated the al-Bashir regime’s intention to release Ibrahim for two years to nurse her newborn daughter, Maya, in speaking with the BBC. It has, in the days since, been made clear that should the Sudanese State ever have held such an intention, it has chosen to renege on that intention. Learn everything you need to know regarding Meriam’s case here.

06/03/2014 Sudan (Christian Post) – Elshareef Ali Elshareef Mohammed, lawyer for Christian Sudanese mother Meriam Ibrahim, 27, who was sentenced to death for her faith, dismissed reports on Saturday that his client is expected to be released in a few days as “absurd,” as her family has not been told there is any chance for her release.

Mohammed made the revelation to Channel 4 News highlighting that Meriam is now being held in an overcrowded ward of a hospital prison, after giving birth in shackles last week. The ward he said is “not a proper place” for a new mother.

Abdullah Alzareg, an under-secretary at the Sudan’s foreign Ministry told the BBC that Meriam Ibrahim is expected to be released in a few days and that Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and vowed to protect the young mother.

Mohammed explained to Channel 4 News that any decision to release Meriam has to come from an appeal court and it takes months, not days, to process an appeal. He added that when Alzareg made the statement of Meriam’s release, he was visiting the UK at the moment and noted: “One person in the UK (the official) saw the UK media, and wanted to stop the campaign (for her release).”

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