Posted on 15th May 2014
Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace
On Monday we requested prayer for Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a believer from a Muslim background, who was arrested on 17th February and charged on 4th March with adultery and apostasy. Recall that she is married to a Christian of South Sudanese origin. The couple have a young son (who is with Meriam in prison) and are expecting their second child later this month. The government does not recognise the couple's marriage, hence the adultery charge.
A further court hearing was held today (15th May). Meriam had been given three days to recant. However, at today's hearing she calmly confirmed to the judge that she remains a Christian. The judge accordingly confirmed the sentence for apostasy of death by hanging. He also sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery. The death sentence is to be imposed two years after she gives birth to their second child.
The lawyer acting for Meriam is preparing an appeal which must be submitted within 15 days. Meriam's husband was not permitted to attend the court hearing today, and has been denied access to Meriam and their son in the prison.
Christians supporting this family give thanks for Meriam's faith and courage. They request our continued prayers that:
a. Meriam, her husband, their son and their unborn child will know the peace, presence and protection of Jesus
b. The appeal against the convictions and sentences will be successful
c. Christians across Sudan will know the peace and presence of Jesus, the Spirit's daily guidance and be equipped to live without fear
d. All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.
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