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British "teddy teacher" pardoned by Sudan president

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British "teddy teacher" pardoned by Sudan president


The British teacher jailed in Sudan for insulting Islam after she let her pupils name a teddy bear Mohammed is to be freed today.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, received a full pardon from the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

She had been sentenced to 15 days in jail on Thursday to be followed by deportation.

Gibbons had let her class of seven-year-olds at the Unity High School in Khartoum pick a name for the toy and 20 out of the 23 had wanted to call him Mohammed.

Two British Muslim peers flew to Sudan at the weekend to try to convince the authorities that it had been a cultural misunderstanding. They met the foreign minister on Sunday.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the capital Khartoum on Friday, many calling for her execution.

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