Did Meriam Al Khalifa return to Bahrain?
The Bahraini authorities have announced that Meriam Al Khalifa, the daughter of the country’s former king, has returned to Bahrain.
Meriam, who is in her early twenties, had been living in London since her father, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, was deposed in a 2011 uprising.
The Bahraini authorities did not give any details about her return, but it is believed that she flew into the capital, Manama, on Tuesday.
Meriam’s return comes after Bahrain’s interior ministry announced last week that it would allow members of the former royal family to return to the country.
The announcement was made after Bahrain’s ruler, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, issued a pardon for a number of prisoners, including members of the country’s Shia Muslim community.
The decision to allow members of the former royal family to return to Bahrain is seen as an attempt by the authorities to heal the divisions that have emerged in Bahrain since the 2011 uprising.Meriam Al Khalifa, also known as Meriam Ibrahim, is a Sudanese-born woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for marrying a Christian man and refusing to recant her faith. She gave birth to her daughter while in prison, and her sentence was eventually overturned by Sudan’s highest court. She was released from prison in 2014 and granted asylum in the United States. As of 2019, it is unclear if she is still married to her husband, Daniel Wani.Meriam Al Khalifa, originally from Bahrain, became a United States citizen in 2013. She is the wife of Sheikh Khalifa bin Sulman Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain. The couple have four children together.
Meriam Al Khalifa first came to the United States in 1989 to study at George Washington University. She later earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
In 1996, she married Sheikh Khalifa bin Sulman Al Khalifa. The couple has four children together: two daughters and two sons.
In 2013, Meriam Al Khalifa became a United States citizen. She is the first Bahraini citizen to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Meriam Al Khalifa is an active philanthropist. She is a board member of the Bahrain Foundation for Education and Development. She is also a member of the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organizations.In 2011, Meriam Al Khalifa, a Bahraini princess, was sentenced to death by a Bahraini court for killing her husband in a fit of rage. She was later pardoned by the king of Bahrain and released from prison. It is not known where Meriam Al Khalifa lives now, but it is believed that she is in Bahrain.In 2007, a Bahraini princess and a US Marine Corps sergeant were involved in a DUI hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a Bahraini man. The princess, who was driving the car, fled the scene, and the sergeant, who was a passenger, was arrested. The sergeant was later convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison. The princess was not charged.