Sudanese Woman Facing Death Penalty for Apostasy To Be Freed

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christianity has won her freedom. In face of the slew of condemnation hurled at Sudanese authorities by leaders and citizens around the world, under-secretary Abdullahi Alzareg told the BBC that "Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman." A foreign ministry official reports she will be released in a few days. Earlier this week, Ibrahim gave birth while imprisoned in Khartoum and was initially told her sentence would be deterred for two years in order for her to take care of the child.

No word yet on the legal status of her marriage to Christian husband Daniel Wani. Sudanese courts declared the marriage void because it is illegal in Sudan for a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man. The courts regard Ibrahim as Muslim because her father is Muslim, despite Ibrahim's insistence that she was raised Christian by her mother.

Hopefully, she and her husband and daughter are reunited as soon as possible after the intense ordeal they just underwent.


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