SUDAN: COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CHANGING FAITH
June 23, 2014: The Court of Cassation ordered the release of a 27-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan last month for converting from Islam to Christianity, the state news agency SUNA said.
The case of Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, triggered an international outcry. She gave birth to their baby daughter while in prison.
Her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, told that Ibrahim left prison and was with her husband.
Her 18-month-old son, Martin, had been with her in jail, where she gave birth last month to a second child.
Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian. Sudan's penal code forbids Muslims from converting to other religions, a crime punishable by death. (Sources: Reuters, Ap, 24/06/2014)