2 Jun 2014

Sudan denies woman to be released

10:09 am on 2 June 2014

Sudan's foreign ministry has denied that a woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam is about to be released.

Reports at the weekend suggested Meriam Ibrahim would be freed in a few days.

On Saturday a senior Sudanese official said Ms Ibrahim, who married a Christian and gave birth to a daughter this week in her prison cell, would be freed because Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting her.

But the following day Sudan's foreign ministry said the official's words were taken out of context and the case was a matter for the courts.

Ms Ibrahim was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, but a judge ruled last month that she should be regarded as Muslim because that had been her father's faith.

She refused to renounce her Christianity and now faces hanging for apostasy.

Her husband, Daniel Wani said he had only heard media reports about his wife's release, which he described as rumours, the BBC reports.

Last Wednesday, Ms Ibrahim gave birth to a daughter in her prison cell - the second child from her marriage in 2011 to Mr Wani, a US citizen.

The court had said Ms Ibrahim would be allowed to nurse her baby for two years before the sentence was carried out.

The court also annulled her Christian marriage and sentenced her to 100 lashes for adultery because the union was not considered valid under Islamic law.