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5/16/2014 (2 years ago)

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Amnesty International condemns sentence as 'appalling and abhorrent'

A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to hang for apostasy, which is, leaving Islam - after she married a Christian man. "We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death," the judge told the woman in a Khartoum courtroom.

Sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man, the woman calmly told the judge that 'I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.'

Sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man, the woman calmly told the judge that "I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy."


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/16/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Sudan, apostasy, Islam, capital punishment

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The incident has brought condemnation from Amnesty International who denounced the sentence as "appalling and abhorrent."

The sentence, according to local media, will not be carried out for two years after she has given birth.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Sudan has a majority Muslim population, governed by Islamic law. Apostasy, the abandonment of one's religious faith in Sudan is considered a crime.

Western embassies and rights groups had urged Sudan to respect the right of the pregnant woman to choose her religion. The woman was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery - as her marriage to a Christian man was not valid under Islamic law. This will be implemented after she has recovered from giving birth.

An Islamic cleric spoke with her in a caged dock for about 30 minutes. She then calmly told the judge that "I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy."

Amnesty International said the woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother's religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.

The judge addressed her by her Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah while in the courtroom.

Protesters outside the court in Khartoum hold banners saying "Meriam has the right to be Christian" and "I have the right to choose any religion."

Meriam was convicted of adultery on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan was void under Sudan's version of Islamic law, which says Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslims.

There is a long-running debate in Islam over whether apostasy is a crime.

Some liberal scholars hold the view that it is not. - According to the Koranic verse, "There shall be no compulsion in religion."

Others say apostasy is tantamount to treason - and refer to what Prophet Muhammad said: "It is not permissible to spill the blood of a Muslim except in three [instances]: A life for a life; a married person who commits adultery; and one who forsakes his religion and separates from the community."

The latter is the dominant view in conservative Muslim states such as Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and the cause of much religious tension.


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