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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Christian woman sentenced to hang in Sudan to be freed

A rare win for the good guys.

A Sudanese foreign ministry official has told AFP that a Christian Sudanese woman who was sentenced to hang for apostacy will be released.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was condemned to death on May 15 under the Islamic Sharia law that has been in place in Sudan since 1983 and which outlaws conversions under pain of death.
"The lady will be freed within days in line with legal procedure that will be taken by the judiciary and the ministry of justice," Abdullah al-Azraq, a foreign ministry undersecretary, told AFP.
Azraq, who spoke via telephone from London, did not elaborate.
The 27-year-old gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday in a women's prison in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.
Her husband, U.S. citizen Daniel Wani, visited Ishag and the baby on Thursday, after being denied access earlier in the week, and told AFP both were in "good health."
Ishag was born to a Muslim father but told the court during her trial that she had never been a Muslim herself.
The court gave her three days to "recant" her faith and when she refused, Ishag was handed the death penalty and sentenced to 100 lashes for "adultery".
Under Sudan's interpretation of Sharia, a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man, so any such relationship is regarded as adulterous.
Especially given that her husband is a US citizen, she should leave Sudan and move to the US. You have to wonder how many more cases there are like this that we never hear about because there are no westerners involved. 

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