A woman sentenced to death for being a Christian and “abandoning her Islamic faith” will soon be freed, authorities in Sudan have said.
Mariam Ibrahim refused to renounce her Christianity and was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy.
The 27-year-old says she has never considered herself Muslim and was brought up by her Ethiopian Christian mother after her Muslim father left the family. However Sudanese law defines children of Muslim fathers as Muslim.
She had also been sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because the court does not recognize her marriage to husband Daniel Wani. He is a Christian originally from South Sudan, now a US citizen.
The death sentence had drawn international condemnation.
Sudan has a majority Muslim population and Islamic law has been in force there since the 1980s.