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Pregnant Woman Sentenced To Death For Converting To Christianity In Sudan

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A Sudanese judge sentenced a pregnant woman to death for apostasy after she converted to Christianity.

Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, is eight months pregnant and married to a Christian national from South Sudan, Aljazeera reported.

Sharia law, which has been enforced in Sudan since 1983, bans conversion.

Ishag’s father was Muslim and the Haj Yousef court addressed her by his Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.

"We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged," Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa told Ishag.

"I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy,” Ishag told the court.

She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery. Under sharia law, Muslim women cannot marry a non-Muslim and to do so is often considered adulterous.

Ishag acted without emotion when she heard the verdict.

Activists gathered outside the courtroom asking the court to spare her life.

"The details of this case expose the regime's blatant interference in the personal life of Sudanese citizens," the activist group Sudan Change Now Movement said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Sudanese information minister told the AFP Wednesday that the law isn’t just enforced in Sudan.

"It's not only Sudan. In Saudi Arabia, in all the Muslim countries, it is not allowed at all for a Muslim to change his religion,” said Ahmed Bilal Osman.

Sources: RTE, Aljazeera

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