Husband visits Sudanese wife on death row

May 31, 2014 - 3:34:31 am

KHARTOUM: The husband of a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy said yesterday he had visited her in jail, where she just gave birth, and that she and their daughter are well.

There was an international outcry after Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was condemned on May 15 under Shariah law, which has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions on pain of death.

The 27-year-old is being held at a women’s prison in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, where she gave birth on Tuesday.

Daniel Wani, a US citizen originally from South Sudan, saidhe had visited Ishag and the baby on Thursday, after being denied access earlier in the week, and that they were both in “good health.”

He said he had obtained permission from the authorities to see them two days a week.

He also disclosed that he had sought permission for his wife to be transferred to a hospital to give birth, but that this was refused.

“We were afraid, but God protected her,” he said.

Ishag already has a 20-month-old son, who is also incarcerated with her, rights activists say.

Ishag was born to a Muslim father but told the court: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”AFP