Sudanese woman sentenced to death for Christian beliefs released from prison

27-year-old Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, raised a Christian by her mother and sentenced to death by a Sudanese court for renouncing her father's Muslim faith, has been released from prison.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 23 (UPI) -- Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly renouncing her father's Muslim faith, has been released from jail.

An appeals court reportedly overturned her conviction.

"We are very very happy about this -- and we're going to her now," Ibrahim's lawyer, Elshareef Ali, told the BBC.

Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy while she was eight months pregnant, and put in prison with her 20-month-old son. An Egyptian court ruled she would die by hanging for renouncing the Muslim faith of her father, who left the family when Ibrahim was six years old. She was raised a Christian by her mother. The court also convicted Ibrahim of adultery for marrying a non-Muslim man, and sentenced her to be flogged.

While imprisoned, she gave birth to a baby girl on May 26.

Her jailing and death sentence sparked international outrage.

A Sudanese official told the BBC in late May that Ibrahim would soon be set free.

Nearly a month later, her lawyer said, "They have released her ... she's on her way to home."

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