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Husband of Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian reveals how ‘Agents of Fear’ beat them at the airport before their escape

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  • The husband of the mother sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has spoken for first time in an exclusive interview with MailOnline

  • Daniel Wani said that he told wife Meriam Ibrahim: ‘Don’t resist’ when the force dubbed the ‘Agents of Fear’ intercepted them and their two young children at an airport

  • She was jailed in September and in May was sentenced to hanging and 100 lashes for adultery and apostasy for marrying Daniel as they are both Christians

  • He revealed that he was initially banned from being at Meriam’s side whilst she gave birth to their baby Maya, two months, inside the prison where she was being held

  • Daniel said only after he kicked up a fuss was he let in – only to see her shackled to the floor in leg chains as she gave birth

  • Meriam’s release came after international condemnation from the governments of the UK, the US, Canada and the Netherlands

  • More than half a million people signed numerous petitions and British Prime Minister David Cameron called her treatment ‘barbaric’

The husband of the mother sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has spoken for first time of how the secret police tried to beat them up as they attempted to flee the African country.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Daniel Wani said that he told Meriam Ibrahim: ‘Don’t resist’ when the force dubbed the ‘Agents of Fear’ intercepted them and their two young children at the airport in Sudan’s capital Khartoum.

Daniel said that the experience was ‘terrifying’ and that they were herded into a room whilst their lawyers were battered and forced to run for their lives.

He also revealed that he was initially banned from being at Meriam’s side whilst she gave birth to their baby Maya, two months, inside the prison where she was being held.

It was only after he kicked up a fuss that they finally let him in – only to see her shackled to the floor in leg chains as she gave birth.

Daniel spoke out to MailOnline, his first interview at length, after he, Meriam, Maya and their son Martin, two, finally arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire to begin their new life in the US.

Daniel said that the family had been through nearly a year of hell after the case against Meriam began in August last year.

She was jailed in September and in May was sentenced to hanging and 100 lashes for adultery and apostasy for marrying Daniel as they are both Christians.

Meriam’s father was a Muslim so a strict Islamic judge said she had broken the law and must die.

In a softly spoken but determined voice, Daniel explained that he will need time to recover from the ordeal but that he is ‘so happy’ to be home.

Meriam however will take longer to get over her trauma, despite her astonishing inner strength and grace.

She says: ‘Thank you’ when told of the campaigning by MailOnline to free her but seems shy and wary of strangers.

Behind her smile is a pain that may never entirely leave her.

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