Good News! Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan ‘to free’ death row woman

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag pictured on her wedding day with her husband Daniel WaniMeriam Ibrahim has been sentenced to 100 lashes as well as death by hanging

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Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days’ time, the official said.

Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.

Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.

The UK Foreign Office this week said that it would push for Ms Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.

Ms Ibrahim, 27, was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, but a Sudanese judge ruled earlier this month that she should be regarded as Muslim because that had been her father’s faith.

She refused to renounce her Christianity and was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy.

The court said she would be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the sentence was carried out.

Her Christian marriage, in 2011, has been annulled and she has also been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because the union is not considered valid under Islamic law.

Source:  BBC  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27651483

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