Sudan Woman Sentenced To Death For Apostasy Freed

Meriam Ibrahim gave birth to a baby daughter in prison
Meriam Ibrahim gave birth to a baby daughter in prison

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for abandoning her religious faith has been freed from jail, her lawyer has told the BBC.

Meriam Ibrahim’s death penalty was overturned by an appeal court, the official Suna news agency reported.

She is married to a Christian man and was sentenced to hang for apostasy in May by a Sharia court after refusing to renounce Christianity.

Her husband told the BBC he was looking forward to seeing her.

The death sentence for Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, who gave birth to a daughter in prison not long after she was convicted, sparked international outrage.

“We are very very happy about this – and we’re going to her now,” Ms Ibrahim’s lawyer Elshareef Ali told the BBC.

“They have released her… she’s on her way to home,” he said.

Born to a Muslim father, she married Mr Wani, a Christian, in 2011.

She has been in jail since February, along with her young son.

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