Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is now a free woman. She was sentenced to death by hanging because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
A 27-year-old Sudanese woman is reunited with her husband after spending weeks on death row for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.
An appeals court ordered Meriam Ibrahim’s release on Monday and canceled her death sentence after defense lawyers presented their case. The appellate court said that the lower court’s judgement was “faulty,” according to a report by CNN.
Ibrahim was jailed after her brother reportedly filed a complaint against her for refusing to convert to the Muslim faith and for marrying a Christian. According to a report from CNN, the government gave her until mid-May to renounce her Christian faith and claim that she was a Muslim, or else she would be sentenced to death by hanging.
The woman, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy, or renunciation of faith, and adultery and was also sentenced to 100 lashes before death.
Ibrahim was eight months pregnant when she was sentenced to death in May and had reportedly been in custody for about two weeks after sentencing when she gave birth to a girl in prison. A report by CNN says she was being held at the women's prison with her 20-month-old son, but “Sudanese officials said the toddler was free to leave at any time, according to her lawyer.”