The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for “apostasy” and made to give birth with her legs chained together in jail has finally escaped the country on an Italian government plane.
TV footage showed Meriam Ibrahim and her family arriving at Rome’s Ciampino airport alongside the Italian deputy foreign minister, after her case triggered outrage and condemnation around the world.
The family’s sudden appearance in Italy came as a surprise – not least to her own lawyer Mohaned Mostafa.
Ms Ibrahim has been stuck inside the US embassy in Sudan for a month and had been expected to travel at some point to America, where her husband has citizenship.
Despite quashing her death sentence last month, the Sudanese government had blocked her from leaving the country with her husband and two small children, claiming her travel documents were “falsified”.
Meriam Ibrahim, her family and her legal team in a photo taken after she was freed on Monday