Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity

KHARTOUM Thu May 15, 2014 4:43pm EDT

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese court has sentenced a 27-year-old woman to death for converting to Christianity, judicial sources said.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim had been ordered to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam. She had also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man.

Judge Abbas al Khalifa asked Ibrahim whether she would return to Islam. After she said "I am a Christian," the death sentence was handed down, the judicial sources said.

A government spokesman said the ruling could be appealed in a higher court.

"Sudan is committed to all human rights and freedom of faith granted in Sudan by the constitution and law," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abu-Bakr Al-Siddiq said. He added that his ministry trusted the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

Outside the court, around 50 people held up signs that read "Freedom of Religion", while some Islamists celebrated the ruling, chanting "God is Greatest".

Students have mounted a series of protests near Khartoum University in recent weeks asking for more freedoms and better social and economic conditions.

Western embassies and Sudanese activists have condemned what they said were human rights abuses and called on the Islamist-led government to respect freedom of faith.

(Reporting by Khaled Abdel Aziz; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Robert76 wrote:
“Sudan is committed to all human rights and freedom of faith granted in Sudan by the constitution and law,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abu-Bakr Al-Siddiq said. – - – And yet this woman is sentenced to death for her choice of religion?

How exactly is showing that Sudan is committed to all human rights and freedom of faith? That is Barbaric, and every one in the government in Sudan should hang their heads in shame.

IF the US is providing even one thin dime of tax payer money to this Barbaric Country, we should immediately cut off any and all payment, and try to recapture any money already in the pipeline to them.

May 15, 2014 5:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WestFlorida wrote:
This is the true face of Sharia law.

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