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Death row Sudanese Christian 'apostate' freed: lawyer

Published on Jun 23, 2014 10:01 PM
 

KHARTOUM (AFP) - A Sudanese Christian who gave birth in prison after being sentenced to hang for apostasy has been freed, one of her lawyers said on Monday.

The case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag sparked an outcry from Western governments and rights groups after a judge sentenced her to hang on May 15.

"Meriam was released just about an hour ago," Mohanad Mustafa told AFP on Monday afternoon.

"She's now out of prison," he said, but authorities will not issue the reasons for her release until Tuesday.

A file picture taken on May 28, 2014 shows Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy, siting in her cell a day after she gave birth to a baby girl at a women's prison in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman. Meriam Ishag has been freed, one of her lawyers said on June 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 
 
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