Woman on death row gives birth with legs shackled

By Drum Digital
03 June 2014

Meriam Ibrahim who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam gave birth to a baby girl

Daniel Wani, the Christian husband of the Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy for supposedly renouncing Islam, has spoken for the first time of his delight at seeing his baby daughter - and his anger at the authorities' insistence on keeping Meriam Ibrahim in chains.

Wani, 27, told The Telegraph that his wife gave birth on Tuesday with her legs shackled.

After the birth, Wani was initially refused permission to see his wife. But finally, on Wednesday, the authorities let him and his lawyer enter the jail, and removed the chains from Ibrahim's legs.

"It was very wonderful to see my baby daughter. I am so happy," he said.

Ibrahim named their daughter Maya.

Ibrahim was sentenced to death earlier this month for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. Despite being heavily pregnant, she has been kept shackled in her cell in a Khartoum prison, and was not allowed to leave the prison to give birth in a hospital.

Wani hoped to see his family "tomorrow" .

"But they probably won't let me in as I can only go twice a week. They make it very hard for you."

The 27-year-old has been in prison since February. She told the court that she had been raised a Christian and was never a Muslim in the first place, because her Muslim father left the family when she was a child.

Wani, a biochemist, has muscular dystrophy, which confines him to a wheelchair. He has US citizenship and lives for part of the year in New Hampshire. The couple were married in 2011 and had a son, Martin, who is now aged 20 months.

Martin is also in prison with his mother.

Wani said Martin was "fine" as he didn't know what was going on.

The Sudanese court deemed their Christian marriage adultery.

"They say my children are not mine because our marriage is not valid. It doesn't make sense."   -          Times Live Picture by: The Telegraph

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