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Friday, 16 May 2014

Sudanese Woman Gets Death Sentence for Marrying a Christian

A Sudanese court has sentenced a pregnant 27 year old woman, Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag to death by hanging by for apostasy (renouncing ones faith or religion) after marrying a Christian man .
Mariam, whose father is Muslim but was raised a Christian by her mother, was earlier sentenced to death by hanging on Sunday May 11th but was given till yesterday May 15th to have a rethink and convert back to Islam before the verdict would be enforced. 

However during a court appearance today, Mariam maintained that she's a Christian. She calmly told the judge: "I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy." Sudan has a majority Muslim population, which is governed by Islamic law. "We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death," the judge told the woman."

The judge also sentenced the woman to 100 lashes after convicting her of adultery because her marriage to a Christian man was not valid under Islamic law. Amnesty International has condemned the sentence. Western embassies and rights groups have also urged Sudan to respect the right of the pregnant woman to choose her religion.

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