Sudan to Execute Woman for ‘Apostasy’

    A general view taken on May 15, 2014 shows St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral near the Sudanese capital Khartoum. A Sudanese judge sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom. AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY        (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    On Thursday, Sudan sentenced an eight-month pregnant woman to death for “apostasy” because she is Muslim and married a Christian man. Meriam Ibrahim is also to be given 100 lashes for committing zena, which means illegitimate sex in Arabic. Ibrhaim, 26, has been married to her husband since 2011, and they also have a son together. When she was convicted on Sunday of apostasy, she was given a four-day grace period to recant her religion and repent. After that period expired,  she was sentenced to death, but she as the potential to appeal the punishment. While women are not allowed to marry outside the faith in Sudan, Muslim men are allowed to do so. The U.S. State Department said in a press statement it is “deeply concerned” and called upon “the Sudanese legal authorities to approach this case with the compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people.”

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