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Blunt applauds Meriam Ibrahim’s release from Sudanese prison
Blunt applauds Meriam Ibrahim’s release from Sudanese prison

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2014) — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) celebrated reports today that 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, the wife of an America citizen, will no longer face the death sentence and will be freed from captivity in Sudan. Ibrahim, who gave birth in jail and has been imprisoned with her two young children, previously faced the death sentence in Sudan after refusing to disavow her Christian faith.

In an effort to secure Ibrahim’s release, Blunt worked with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) to send a letter on May 16, 2014, urging Secretary of the U.S. Department of State John Kerry to intervene on Ibrahim’s behalf. Blunt and Ayotte also sent a follow-up letter to Kerry and Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on May 21, 2014.

“I am very pleased that the Sudanese court has reportedly cancelled Meriam Ibrahim’s death sentence and ordered her release. I continue to urge U.S. officials to work quickly and use all resources available to immediately provide Meriam and her family with safe haven in the United States,” said Blunt.

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