Roy Blunt Applauds Reports of Release of Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim
Meriam Ibrahim / AP

Twenty-seven-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman on death row had her death sentence canceled and will be released from captivity in Sudan, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Ibrahim gave birth in jail and had been imprisoned with her two young children for refusing to disavow her Christian faith.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) applauded reports that Ibrahim would be released.

"I am very pleased that the Sudanese court has reportedly canceled Meriam Ibrahim’s death sentence and ordered her release," Blunt said. "I continue to urge U.S. officials to work quickly and use all resources available to immediately provide Meriam and her family with safe haven in the United States."

Blunt had worked closely with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) to urge Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene on Ibrahim’s behalf.