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Meriam Ibrahim is currently safe at the U.S. embassy in Sudan

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Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old Sudanese woman who was released this week after being sentenced to death for leaving Islam, is "safe and well" at the U.S. embassy in Sudan, according to her husband.

Ibrahim's husband Daniel Wani, a U.S.-South Sudan resident, told Agence France-Presse that embassy staff had been “very helpful and very nice.”

The couple, along with their two young children, was given refuge at the embassy after receiving death threats following Ibrahim's release from prison on Monday.

Ibrahim was originally sentenced to death for apostasy, the crime of leaving Islam, even though she had never practiced the faith. An appeals court overturned the sentence Monday, but less than 24 hours later, police arrested Ibrahim for supposedly forging travel documents. The couple was attempting to fly to the U.S. when Sudanese security forces stopped them.

By Thursday, Ibrahim had yet again been released from police custody, but was told she couldn’t leave Sudan, which is why she is currently in the U.S. embassy.

The appeals court's decision will be upheld if Ibrahim's family - who first alerted the authorities that she had been “kidnapped” and had married outside the family faith -- doesn't appeal within 15 days of the court's decision. But it looks like they will.

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Ashe Schow

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