Sudanese death sentence woman to be freed soon: government official

KHARTOUM Sat May 31, 2014 4:23pm EDT

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity is expected to be released soon, a government official said on Saturday, after Khartoum came under diplomatic pressure to halt her execution.

"The related authorities in the country are working to release Mariam (Yahya Ibrahim), who was sentenced to death for apostasy, through legal measures," Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Abdelah Al-Azrak told Reuters.

"I expect her to be released soon," he added.

A Sudanese court this month imposed the death sentence on the pregnant 27-year-old woman, who is married to a Christian American, and ordered her to return to Islam.

The sentence caused a diplomatic incident, with Britain urging Sudan to uphold what it called its international obligations on freedom of religion. (Full Story)

Ibrahim’s lawyer, Mohaned Mostafa, said neither he nor the woman's husband had been notified about any release.

"But we do hope she will get released soon," Mostafa told Reuters.

Ibrahim was also sentenced to 100 lashes for what it deemed her adultery for marrying a Christian. Last week she gave birth in prison to a daughter, her second child by her American husband Daniel Wani.

(Reporting by Khalid Abdel Aziz in Khartoum; Writing by Yasmine Saleh in Cairo; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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I am proud of Mariam and her husband and more importantly our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is proud of them. They have not turned their backs on Christ and Christ will never turn His back on them. Have the faith of a mustard seed and God will work with you. The world is watching and God may use this opportunity as part of His plan to reach and impact all of us in one way or another.

May 31, 2014 5:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Prox wrote:
Glad she is being released but it should not have been through diplomatic pressure. I can imagine what she and her American husband must have gone through. What I cannot imagine is how a religion be the cause of this. God regardless of religion, never told anyone to kill for him. They will face his wrath when the time comes.

May 31, 2014 5:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Greenspan2 wrote:
This woman is fortunate to be released from this hell hole of injustice and religious mockery, perhaps only because of her defense that she did not convert from Islam to Christianity but had been raised a Christian. Otherwise, one can presume that she would have been sentenced to death and executed. Please, let’s not hear any more talk and propaganda about how Islam is a religion of tolerance.

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