Meriam Yahia Ibrahim



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Oh no. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim has hit yet another roadblock in her attempt to escape Sudan. This time, her own brother has petitioned for legal rights over her — even though they have never met each other.

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old doctor, is so close to freedom she can probably taste it. However, an estranged family member is now demanding that the Sudan government give him “legal right” over her. If his request is granted, he could prevent Meriam from leaving Sudan forever.


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                Not only is she now facing charges for allegedly falsifying documents to travel out of the country, but a man named Al Hadi has petitioned a Sudan court to grant him legal right over her – claiming to be her half-brother.


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          “He asked the court to rule that Meriam is his sister. This would give him a legal right over her,” her lawyer, Shareif Ali Shareif, told the Daily Mail. “But he does not have the authority to demand this right – it is only a father or a mother that can demand this legal status. He is doing this to prevent Meriam from traveling outside of Sudan.”

             Her lawyer also revealed that Al Hadi is a very strict Muslim who publicly vowed to “execute” Meriam himself if he ever sees her in person.

              Hopefully Shareif is right and Al Hadi will not be granted legal right over Meriam.