Baby saves woman from death
June 24, 2014 by staff
Baby saves woman from death, A SUDANESE woman who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, has been set free.
The case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag sparked an outcry from Western governments and rights groups after a judge sentenced her to hang on May 15.
The young 27-year-old physician, was convicted under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and makes conversions of faith punishable by death.
“Meriam was released just about an hour ago,” Mohanad Mustafa told AFP.
“She’s now out of prison,” he said, but authorities will not issue the reasons for her release yet.
Born to a Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother, she married Daniel Wani.
Wani was pronounced innocent but their marriage was revoked and his wife was sentenced to 100 lashes as the court considered his wife a Muslim.
She was subsequently sentenced to death after being found guilty of apostasy (publicly renouncing Islam) when she told the court she was a Christian and refused to “return” to the Muslim religion.
“I am a Christian, and I have never been a Muslim,” she said in court.
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