Earlier today, lawyers representing Meriam Ibrahim lodged an appeal against a court decision sentencing her to death for apostasy (leaving Islam) and 100 lashes for adultery (marrying a Christian man). The appeal will have the effect of staying the implementation of the sentences until a judicial decision is made on the appeal.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a 27-year-old doctor from western Sudan who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death for apostasy by a judge in Khartoum on 15 May. She was also sentenced to 100 lashes for having sex with her husband, considered adultery in Islam because he is a Christian.
“The court has sentenced you to be hanged till you are dead,” the judge told Ibrahim, who also has a 20-month-old son, Martin, after Islamist crowds shouted for the court to punish her.