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Sudanese Christian woman, husband released from custody


By CNN Staff

(CNN) -- A Sudanese Christian woman, who had been sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her faith, and her husband were released from custody late Thursday, the two told CNN.

Mariam Yehya Ibrahim and her husband, Daniel Wani, said that they were freed on bail but are prohibited from leaving the country.

The pair had been detained after they arrived at an airport in Khartoum with their children on Tuesday. They were accused of two criminal counts, traveling with falsified documents and giving false information, according to Ibrahim's legal team.

The airport detention came a day after Ibrahim's legal team announced the 27-year-old woman had been released from prison after weeks of international controversy over her conviction on apostasy and adultery charges.

According to her lawyer, the case began when one of Ibrahim's relatives, a Muslim, filed a criminal complaint saying her family was shocked to find out she had married Wani, a Christian, after she was missing for several years.

The Sudanese court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim, but she said she was a Christian and never practiced Islam. She was charged with adultery, because a Muslim woman's marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan, and with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing what was alleged to be her original faith.

Journalist Muhammad Osman contributed to this report.


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