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Christian Mom May Soon Be Free to Leave Sudan: Sources

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A file picture shows Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy, siting in her cell a day after she gave birth to a baby girl at a women's prison in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.- / AFP - Getty Images

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Sudanese authorities and U.S. officials in Khartoum are negotiating to allow a Sudanese woman, who married an American and was recently spared the death penalty for converting to Christianity, to leave Sudan, sources said. Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was detained at the airport on Tuesday, one day after an appeals court overturned a death sentence imposed on her for having converted from Islam in order to marry her Christian American husband. Her lawyer said Ibrahim, her husband and two children have all been staying at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum since her release.

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"There are talks going on currently between Sudanese and American officials to try to find a way for Meriam and her family to leave the country," a source close to the case said asking not to be named as he was not authorized to talk to the media. Ibrahim was detained at the airport trying to use documents issued by the embassy of South Sudan. "The talks now are aiming to get her out of Sudan on a Sudanese passport," the source said.

-Reuters

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