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Saturday 23 August 2014

Sudan to release woman on death row

Published 23/06/2014 | 15:22

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Meriam Ibrahim with her 18-month-old son Martin and her newborn (AP)

A court in Sudan has ordered the release of woman on death row for apostasy, the country's official news agency said.

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Suna reported that the Court of Cassation in the capital Khartoum has cancelled the death sentence against 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim after defence lawyers presented their case. The court then ordered her release.

Ms Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian.

Sudanese media reported that Ms Ibrahim gave birth in prison in May.

Sudan's penal code criminalises the conversion of Muslims to other religions, and it is punishable by death.

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