In a country named by the Corruptions Perception Index to be one of the most corrupt nations on earth, this particular country now finds itself back-peddling a high profile punishment that was recently ordered upon a young woman. The sentence has brought outrage to world citizens, including the U.S.
Sudan decreed that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, now heavily pregnant, has committed adultery with her husband, a U.S. Citizen born in Sudan. As her husband is non-muslim, her marriage to him is not recognized; and therefore her relationship with him is considered adulterous. For that offense, she is to be given 100 lashes.
Sudan also ordered death by hanging to the young woman because she refused conversion to Islam. According to the ruling, she deserves to die because of apostasy; but now their parliament speaker is saying the sentence is simply a preliminary ruling.
He also claims that the media is trying to sully Sudan's judiciary image. As an example of dishonesty by the media, he cites that she really is not a physician as was reported. Instead she has graduated in medical laboratory studies from the University of Sudan. He also said that she claims to be a Christian but she is officially not a Christian because her parents are Muslims and she was raised a Muslim. He furthermore objects that this is considered a politically-motivated case when it was her brother who filed the report against her.
He just doesn't get it. The outrage isn't about whether or not she's a doctor or if her parents are Muslim or if the case is politicized. The injustice and cruelty is what has the civilized world in shock. Currently, she is in prison with her son, denied visitors and denied medical treatment.
As of January 20, 1991, Sudan's legal system is based on Islamic law, regardless of one's individual religion; and there is freedom of religion under the 2005 Interim National Constitution. According to Reuters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abu-Bakr Al-Siddiq stated "Sudan is committed to all human rights and freedom of faith granted in Sudan by the constitution and law."
"There have been no known executions for apostasy since the 1991 Sudanese Criminal Code was enacted, although many have had their charges dropped or convictions overturned after recanting their faith." Sudan Tribune
It appears Ibrahim will be put to death as she does not wish to be among those who have denied their faith. Christian Solidarity Worldwide is working to annul the sentence given to her and is asking for your prayers.