Sudan: UK leaders condemn Meriam Ibrahim`s death sentence, term it `barbaric`

UK leaders on Saturday condemned the death sentence handed out to Meriam Ibrahim for apostasy and called it `barbaric`.

Zee Media Bureau

London: UK leaders on Saturday condemned the death sentence handed out to Meriam Ibrahim for apostasy and called it `barbaric`.

While British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the decision has “no place in today`s world,” UK politicians Ed Miliband and Nick Klegg termed the act as “abhorrent,” the BBC reported.

27-year-old Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. She was raised as an Orthodox Christian.
A ruling earlier this month stated that Meriam will be regarded as a Muslim as her father followed the faith. Apart from the death sentence, she was also subjected to 100 lashes.

She is married to a Christian national of South Sudan and was eight months pregnant at the time of the death sentence.

She has appealed against the sentence.

After the birth of her daughter in prison, she has been given a time relaxation of two years to nurse the baby before execution of the death sentence. Her 20-month-old son is also staying with her in prison.

Meanwhile, Meriam`s husband has reportedly said that his wife is unlikely to change her mind about her faith despite the severity of the punishment.

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