Pregnant woman sentenced to death

A PREGNANT Sudanese woman who married a Christian man has been sentenced to death after she refused to recant her Christian faith, her lawyer said.

Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was convicted of “apostasy” on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape death, said lawyer Al-Shareef Ali al-Shareef Mohammed.

The 26 year old, who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced after that grace period expired, Mohammed said.

The court in the capital, Khartoum, also ordered that Ibrahim be given 100 lashes for having what it considers sexual relations with her husband, Daniel Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan who has U.S. citizenship.

Amnesty International immediately condemned the sentence, calling it “abhorrent.” The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply disturbed” by the sentencing and called on the government to respect the right to freedom of religion.

Mohammed, the lawyer, called the conviction rushed and legally flawed since the judge refused to hear key defence witnesses and ignored constitutional provisions on freedom of worship and equality among citizens.

Ibrahim and Wani married in a formal church ceremony in 2011 and have a son, 18-month-old Martin, who is with her in jail. The couple runs several businesses, including a farm, south of Khartoum.

Sudan’s penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims into other religions, which is punishable by death.

As in many Muslim nations, Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith. By law, children must follow their father’s religion.

A number of Sudanese have been convicted of apostasy in recent years, but they all escaped execution by recanting their new faith. Religious thinker and politician Mahmoud Mohammed Taha, a critic of Nimeiri and his interpretation of Shariah, was sentenced to death after his conviction of apostasy. He was executed in 1985 at the age of 76.
(AP)

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7 thoughts on “Pregnant woman sentenced to death

  1. Thank god I’m an atheist!
    ….and, issues aside, don’t any of you kid yourself that our legal system is much more ‘civilised’; particularly since ‘New-Age’/Feminist-driven legislation has come into force.

    I currently stand convicted and condemned ~ and deprived of some ordinary civil rights ~ on the basis of a single phone-call made by a malicious Dickless Tracy and rubber-stamped by a court Registrar ~ without even having been informed that fairly serious accusations had been made and processed, let alone being given an opportunity of challenging them.

    …..And I’ve been raided by a bevy of stoney-faced gun-toting gangsters (vicpol colours) who tore the place apart, and scared the shit out of a friend who happened to be here, on the strength of a falsely-sworn search-warrant signed by a tame magistrate, and charged with burglary ~ despite there having been NO claim of anything stolen and no sign of any stolen articles on the premises.

    But the Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet (though she’s doing her scales) and the aria will make a few eyes water with pain.
    ….But at least I don’t have to take on god.

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  2. It reminds me of that saying “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.”

    God gave us free will.

    Free will to believe in Him.
    Free will to be charitable or not.
    etc. etc.

    The types of people who try to enforce ‘goodness’ are missing the point.

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  3. God does not want us to be tepid does He.

    Islam should allow their people the freedom to leave the faith if that is their wish, because what is the point in having someone in name and number only. It doesn’t serve God.

    It’s like standing at the altar and professing love, only because you have a gun to your head. If it doesn’t come truly and freely from the heart, it’s not real.

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      • Why would I be typecasting them? The majority of the Muslims don’t set the rules. Those few that do, need to change them to allow their people to make their own decisions.

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      • Actually, I meant to say ‘stereotyping’ moslems.
        …….and it really was a joke; wanted to see if the censor would strike, or whether he only suppressed people of my race and/or faith. 😉
        However, it should be kept in mind that NO majority anywhere, anytime, sets the rules.
        ….not even that jewish bloke…what WAS his name? ahh! Moses.
        They get their way by making the population ‘an offer too good to refuse’ (in a strictly non-religious, non-ethnic way of course.)

        Saw a moslem family wandering around the market the other day.
        Ordinary enough, although the woman was wearing one of those head-to-floor things, complete with the eye-screen.
        Must say she didn’t seem very downtrodden or bashful (banging the stroppy kids’ heads together and like that) but I felt decidedly uncomfortable all the same.
        Can’t help but wonder sometimes.

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