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Sudanese women imprisoned for apostasy to be released from jail

Sudanese official says Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy will be released from jail in days.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   May 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM

KHARTOUM, Sudan, May 31 (UPI) -- A Christian woman sentenced to death by a Sudanese court for refusing to renounce her religion is set to be freed from jail, a Sudanese official told BBC.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, was imprisoned for not abiding by her father's religion, Islam.

Ibrahim was raised Christian like her mother after her father left when she was 6 years old.

Abdullahi Alzareg, an undersecretary at the Sudan foreign ministry, said the Sudanese government would guarantee the woman's religious freedom. She was originally sentenced to death for apostasy after a judge ruled Ibrahim should follow her father's religion.

The official said Ibrahim should be released from jail in a matter of days.

She gave birth to a daughter Tuesday in prison, where her 20-month-old son is also with her.

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