The husband of a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death has told The Telegraph that his wife was in shackles as she gave birth to their daughter in Prison.
Meriem Yahya Ibrahim was sentenced earlier this month for Apostasy (abandoning the religion of Islam) even though she was already 8 months into her pregnancy.
Her husband Daniel Wani told the paper that he had not been allowed to see his wife and new baby initially after she delivered the baby in Jail on Tuesday, but added that officials finally relented and allowed him and his lawyer in to see them on Thursday.
Mr Wani said it was only when they went in that the chains were taken off his wife’s legs. “They kept a chain on her legs, She is very unhappy about that,” he told the Telegraph.
Ms Ibrahim who is serving the sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith during a four-day grace period has named the new-born baby ‘Maya’ and according to her father, the baby seems to be doing well.
In addition to her death sentence, the 27-year-old was also sentenced to 100 lashes for being married to a christian man. She is currently in jail with the couple’s 20 month old son, Martin and her new-born baby.
The couple were both sentenced for adultery as their Christian marriage is not recognised by the Sudanese courts. Mr Wani who shuttles between his home in New Hampshire in the US and Sudan is a Biochemist while Ms Ibrahim is a Doctor.
Amnesty international are demanding her release and that her execution which is scheduled to take place in two years to be halted. The petition already has over 600, 000 signatures.
According to Sudanese law, a pregnant woman sentenced to death must give birth and nurse her child for two years before her execution can go ahead. A date has not yet been set for Meriem’s execution and campaigners are hoping to have the sentence overturned before this time.
Mr Mani insists that despite the hardship, his wife will not denounce her faith, saying, “She is not going to renounce her religion, though. She told me that.”
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