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Sudanese woman to walk free following sharia death sentence

She had been sentenced for having abandoned her Islamic faith

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A Sudanese woman who had been awaiting execution has suddenly been told she will be freed.

Meriam Ibrahim, who was awaiting the death sentence plus one hundred lashes, had been sentenced for having abandoned her Islamic faith.

Ms Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, the second child from her marriage in 2011 to Daniel Wani, a US citizen, will be freed in a few days according to the Sudanese Foreign Ministry.

Khartoum had been facing international outrage over the death sentence, with many world figures pushing for her release.

While Ms Ibrahim, 27, had been brought up as an Orthodox Christian, a Sudanese judge sentenced her to death when she refused to renounce her Christianity in order to be regarded as a Muslim, which had been her father's faith.

Her father had abandoned the family when she was a child. The court had earlier annulled her Christian marriage because the union was not considered valid under Islamic law. She was also found guilty of adultery.

At that stage she was sentenced her to one hundred lashes, a sentence which was not carried out. Meriam Ibrahim was imprisoned along with her 20-month-old son.

Last week Amnesty International released a statement saying: "The fact that a woman could be sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is abhorrent and should never be even considered.

Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all, let alone meet the international standard of most serious crimes in relation to the death penalty. It is a flagrant breach of international human rights law."> BNN

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