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Sudan mother facing apostasy death sentence to be freed soon: Official

Published on Jun 1, 2014 6:27 AM
 
A handout picture taken on May 28, 2014, and released by the family on May 30, shows Daniel Wani, a US citizen originally from South Sudan, carrying his newborn daughter Maya at the womens prison in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman. -- PHOTO: AFP

KHARTOUM (AFP) - A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy will be “freed within days", a foreign ministry official told AFP on Saturday, after her case triggered an international outcry.

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was condemned to death on May 15 under the Islamic syariah law that has been in place since 1983 and outlaws conversions under pain of death.

“The lady will be freed within days in line with legal procedure that will be taken by the judiciary and the ministry of justice,” said Abdullah al-Azraq, a foreign ministry undersecretary.

Azraq, who spoke via telephone from London, did not elaborate.

 
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