A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith has given birth in prison, and could now be lashed 100 times — even as she’s permitted to nurse her newborn for two years before the execution is carried out.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, gave birth to a girl early Tuesday in the hospital wing of a prison in Omdurman, one of her attorneys, Mohamed Abdelnabi, told FoxNews.com by phone from Khartoum.
“She’s fine, and Meriam as well,” Abdelnabi said of the baby girl, who will be named Maya.
Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, tried to visit his wife and newborn after the birth but was not allowed, Abdelnabi said. …
Ibrahim was initially charged with having illegitimate sex last year, but she remained free pending trial. She was later charged with apostasy and jailed in February after she declared in court that Christianity was the only religion she knew.
The U.S.-based Center for Inquiry has demanded that all charges against Ibrahim be dropped, saying the death sentence is a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which forbids persecution or coercion of religious beliefs and the right to marry.
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