JUBA, South Sudan (MS, TAB) — National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents detained Meriam Yahia Ibrahim at the Khartoum airport, 24 hours after her death sentence for alleged apostasy was cancelled, according to her attorney.
More than 40 security agents reportedly detained her along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children.
“She has no proper documents to travel, but NISS did not officially disclose the reason for detaining her,” her attorney said. “They were arrested today at Khartoum International Airport as they were about to board the aircraft.”
Experts suspected elements within NISS objected to her release and that there was disagreement within the government about her case. A Sudanese foreign affairs official told the BBC she would be freed “soon.” She has been denied access to her legal team.
Though Sudanese, Ibrahim was using emergency South Sudanese papers with a United States visa to travel, the official told BBC. Her husband, a South Sudan national, also has U.S. citizenship.
Ibrahim was released from prison in Sudan on June 23, less than two months after Morning Star News broke the story of false charges of apostasy against her that set off a firestorm of international protests.
For more about Ibrahim’s story, go here.