KHARTOUM, Sudan, May 15, 2014– A Sudanese judge has sentenced a twenty-seven-year old, pregnant Christian woman to be hung for apostasy, which is the renunciation of one’s religion. Before Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag (her Christian name) is to be executed, the judge ordered she be given 100 lashes. Despite Western protest, the execution is scheduled to move forward.
“We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam,” Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa told the woman on Thursday while addressing her by her father’s Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.
“I sentence you to be hanged to death.”
Protesters demonstrated against the verdict. These protesters were met by another group that supported the verdict.
“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, Sudan’s information minister, while speaking to AFP news on Wednesday.