Sudan’s government appears to have gone back on an earlier pledge to release a woman sentenced to death for abandoning Islam.
So far there has been no move to free Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a baby girl while in custody.
The government now says only the courts can order her release – something which her husband and lawyers are urging them to carry out as soon as possible.
“We want to see an official court record of releasing Meriam from prison because we believe she did not commit any crime whether adultery or apostasy because she is legally married and according to the international agreement which is defined by the government of Sudan, there should be no apostasy crime,” said Meriam Ibrahim’s lawyer, Ali Elshareef
Western nations have expressed outrage at the conviction of the 27-year-old mother.
The case has also divided Sudan. Ibrahim who was brought up as an orthodox Christian was convicted by a Sharia court for abandoning Islam as her father was a Muslim. However Sudan’s constitution upholds the right to religious freedom.