15 May 2014
Last updated at 10:45
A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to hang for apostasy after she converted from Islam to Christianity.
“We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” the judge told the woman, AFP reports.
Western embassies and rights groups had urged Sudan to respect the right of the pregnant woman to choose her religion.
Local media report the sentence would not be carried out for two years after she has given birth.
Sudan has a majority Muslim population, governed by Islamic law.
The judge also sentenced her to 100 lashes after convicting her of adultery.
Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic cleric spoke with her in a caged dock for about 30 minutes, AFP reports.
Then she calmly told the judge: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”
Amnesty International said the woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, was heavily pregnant and should be immediately released.
The judge addressed her by a Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.
15 May 2014 | 10:45 am – Source: bbc.co.uk