Cameron: Meriam Death Sentence Is ‘Barbaric’

David Cameron says the death sentence handed down to Meriam Ibrahim is “barbaric” and has called on Sudanese authorities to intervene.

The Prime Minister joined international condemnation of the 27-year-old mother’s plight, saying he is “absolutely appalled” by the case.

“The way she is being treated is barbaric and has no place in today’s world,” he told The Times.

“I urge the government of Sudan to overturn the sentence and immediately provide appropriate support and medical care for her and her children.

“The UK will continue to press the government of Sudan to act.”

Ms Ibrahim was found guilty by a Sudanese court of apostasy in renouncing Islam and adultery for marrying a Christian, Daniel Wani.

She was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging earlier this month.

Her death sentence has been suspended for two years so she can nurse her daughter Maya, who was born in prison on Wednesday.

Ms Ibrahim was forced to give birth to the child while shackled to a prison floor after guards at Omdurman Women’s Prison refused to release her.

Both the UK and US governments have summoned the Sudan’s charge d’affaires to discuss the case.

The US State Department has described Ms Ibrahim’s incarceration as “horrific” and continues to press Sudanese officials to intervene.

US embassy officials have been attending Ms Ibrahim’s public hearings and are monitoring the appeals process in Khartoum.

Mr Cameron’s comments follow condemnation from former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and British politicians including Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

31 May 2014 | 3:07 am – Source:

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