Brother of Sudanese woman sentenced to death for leaving Islam says she 'should be executed'

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Meriam Ibrahim sits in jail awaiting execution because her own brother turned her in to authorities for supposedly leaving the Islamic faith. Now that same brother told CNN that if his sister doesn't return to Islam “she should be executed.”

Al Samani al Hadi, Ibrahim’s brother, turned his sister in because his family are “Muslim people.”

“It's one of two; if she repents and returns to our Islamic faith and to the embrace of our family then we are her family and she is ours,” al Hadi said. “But if she refuses she should be executed.”

This, despite the fact that Ibrahim's father - a Muslim - was never part of her life and she was raised by an Orthodox Christian mother as an Orthodox Christian. The outrage over her faith began when she married a Christian man - Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen.

Ibrahim's death sentence has attracted international attention, with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, British Prime Minister David Cameron and members of the U.S. Congress calling for her release.

Al Hadi's statement comes just days after Abdullahi Alazreg, Sudan's ministry of foreign affairs under secretary, said Ibrahim would be released, although that claim was quickly retracted.

Still unknown is the fate of Ibrahim and Wani’s two children, who could claim U.S. citizenship through their father but are currently being held in jail with their mother.

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Ashe Schow

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