Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sudan: Pregnant Christian woman will be allowed to give birth before being hanged

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim
I hear Islam is the most merciful or something.
(CT) A pregnant Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan will be allowed to give birth before being hanged for apostasy.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, was born to a Muslim father but was raised a Christian by her mother after he walked out on the family when she was just six years old.

She was sentenced to hang for apostasy after marrying a Christian man and was also sentenced to receive 100 lashes for adultery because the court determined that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan was void under Islamic law.

The 27-year-old, who is heavily pregnant, was given three days to recant her faith but refused, after which the court in Khartoum upheld her conviction.

Amnesty International, which is campaigning for her release, said she is due to give birth next month and is currently being detained with her 20-month-old son.

The human rights group said a date had not yet been announced for her execution and that Sudan would not hang Ibrahim while she is pregnant.