JUBA, South Sudan (MS, TAB) — Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, who had received a sentence of death by hanging for allegedly leaving Islam after a Muslim claiming to be a relative accused her of marrying a Christian man, was released from prison in Sudan on June 22.
Ibrahim gave birth to her second child in prison in late May. She has maintained that her Sudanese father was Muslim but disappeared when she was 6 and that she was raised a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Having never been a Muslim, she could not be guilty of apostasy, she testified.
Sudan’s state news agency reported that the country’s Court of Cassation canceled the death sentence against the 27-year-old Christian after defense lawyers presented their case.
Human rights advocates said Sudan must ensure protection for Ibrahim and her family because Islamists have clamored for her death throughout the trial.
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