Telegraph: Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim walks free from prison

Telegraph: Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim walks free from prison

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We pray that this time the good news will prove to be true, and that she will be able to return to a safe and peaceful life, together with her husband and children. The Telegraph reports:

Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim walks free from prison

Meriam Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death in Sudan for apostasy, has been freed, her lawyer says
By Harriet Alexander 3:46PM BST 23 Jun 2014

The Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy while pregnant has finally been freed, and was on Monday night reunited with her family after spending six months behind bars.

Meriam Ibrahim, 27, walked out of prison in Khartoum on Monday afternoon and was taken to an undisclosed safe house for her own protection. In Sudan, where Sharia law is implemented, leaving the Islamic faith is a crime punishable by death – and earlier this month her own brother called for the sentence to be carried out.

“Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her,” said Mohaned Mostafa, one of her team of lawyers.

Her release was announced on Monday by Sudanese state media, which said that the Supreme Court had overturned the verdict and she was to be freed.

As soon as he heard the news on the radio, Elshareef Ali Mohammed, another of her lawyers, rushed to the Omdurman women’s prison to see whether the news was true.

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