Sudanese apostate won’t be hanged
MOTHER-of-two Meriam Ibrahim was accused of abandoning the Islamic faith by authorities and had been sentenced to death for apostasy for marrying out of the Muslim faith. But in the face of international outrage, Ibrahim, who was forced to give birth in shackles earlier this week while in prison is now to be released.
Earlier this month a court ruled that Meriam was a Muslim like her father, despite even though she had been raised a Christian like her mother after her dad left the family when she was aged six.
As well as the death sentence, Meriam, who is married to a Christian, was sentenced to 100 lashes.
Raising the likelihood that she would soon be freed, Abdullahi Alazreg – an under-secretary at the Sudan foreign ministry – told the BBC that Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting her.
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg had all said they were appalled at the treatment of Meriam, who gave birth to a daughter in her cell at a women’s prison in Karthoum on Tuesday.
She had appealed against her sentence, but was due to be whipped and then executed in two years after her baby was weaned.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said her incarceration was:
Utterly appalling and an abhorrent abuse of her human rights. Nobody should be persecuted because of the religion they practise or the person they fall in love with.
Cameron said the treatment of Meriam had “no place in today’s world”.
Mr Clegg also said her case was “abhorrent”.
Meanwhile former Defence Secretary Liam Fox said the UK should reconsider whether it was “acceptable” to give aid money:
To States which allow treatment such as that handed out to Meriam Ibrahim.
Meriam’s husband Daniel Wani, a Christian Sudanese man with US citizenship who lives in New Hampshire, said today he had been hopeful the appeal would succeed. He uses a wheelchair and says he:
Totally depends on her for all details of his life.