Monday, June 2, 2014

Sudanese Woman On Death Row For Apostasy Will Only Be Freed On Successful Appeal

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Meriam Ibrahim who has been sentenced to death by hanging after receiving 100 lashes will now be freed, reports say. Meriam Ibrahim was convicted on charges of abandoning her Islamic faith and marrying a Christian [read here], which is Apostasy in Sudan and carries a death sentence.

Meriam has a young toddler on and also recently gave birth to her daughter while in prison [read here]. Both children are currently with her while in custody but the husband has been doing all he can with the help of human rights organisations to get her released.

According to the BBC, a Sudanese official has announced that Meriam will be freed soon. Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, disclosed that Sudan guaranteed religious freedom ad was committed to protecting the woman.

Update [Guardian] - The foreign ministry has clarified that Ibrahim’s release is dependent on whether the court accepts an appeal request made by her defense team.

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