A Sudanese mother who had been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith was released and then rearrested Tuesday at an airport as she was trying to leave the country, her lawyers said Tuesday.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, her American husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children were detained and interrogated at Khartoum’s national security headquarters, CNN reported.

Details about why the family was held weren’t immediately available, CNN said.

Mrs. Ibrahim was ordered to be released from prison by the Court of Cassation on Monday, after weeks of international controversy over her conviction on apostasy and adultery charges.

Sudan enforces Sharia law, which prohibits Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men and requires women to follow their father’s religion.

Mrs. Ibrahim’s Muslim father left the family when she was very young, so she was raised by her Orthodox Christian mother.

“I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian,” she said during her sentencing hearing last month, CNN reported.

She married Mr. Wani, a Christian in 2011, and they have an 18-month-old son, Martin. She gave birth to a girl in prison last month.


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