Christian woman accused of apostasy suddenly freed

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim

A Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death because she declined to renounce her Christian faith has been freed overnight, CNN reports.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, was reunited with her husband after getting out of custody, her lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa El-Nour, said.

An appeals court found that an initial judgment against her was faulty, he said, but declined to elaborate.

Mrs Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith, and sentenced to die by hanging in May while she was eight months pregnant. In addition to the death sentence, the court convicted her of adultery and sentenced her to 100 lashes.

Meriam Ibrahim gave birth to a girl in a prison in the capital of Sudan last month, two weeks after she was sentenced to 100 lashes and to die by hanging.

Her husband, Daniel Wani, an American citizen and a Christian, uses a wheelchair and 'totally depends on her for all details of his life,' her lawyer said.

She was in the women's prison with her 20-month-old son, but Sudanese officials said the toddler was free to leave at any time, according to her lawyer.

Her sentence drew international condemnation from human rights groups and foreign embassies in Khartoum, including those of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
Christian or Muslim?

Mrs Ibrahim says her father was a Sudanese Muslim and her mother was Ethiopian Orthodox. Her father left when she was 6, and she was raised as a Christian.

The court had warned her to renounce her Christianity by May 15, but she held firm to her beliefs.

FULL COVERAGE: Christian woman freed after death sentence in Sudan (CNN)

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Smiling with immense relief, the Sudanese mother sentenced to hang for 'converting to Christianity' hours after she was freed following international outcry  (The Daily Mail)

OTHER COVERAGE: Sudan frees Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy (The Brisbane Times) 

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