Sudan court orders release of woman sentenced to death over Christian faith

In this image made from an undated video provided June 5, 2014, by Al Fajer, a Sudanese nongovernmental organization, Meriam Ibrahim breast-feeds her newborn baby girl that she gave birth to in jail, as the NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan. Sudan's official news agency, SUNA, said the Court of Cassation in Khartoum on Monday, June 23, 2014, canceled the death sentence against the 27-year-old Ibrahim after defense lawyers presented their case. The court ordered her release.

In this image made from an undated video provided June 5 by Al Fajer, a Sudanese nongovernmental organization, Meriam Ibrahim breast-feeds her newborn baby girl that she gave birth to in jail.

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KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's official news agency says a court has ordered the release of woman on death row for apostasy.

SUNA said the Court of Cassation in Khartoum on Monday canceled the death sentence against 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim after defense lawyers presented their case. The court ordered her release.

Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but who was raised by her Christian mother, was convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian.

Sudanese media reported that Ibrahim gave birth in prison in May.

Sudan's penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims to other religions, a crime punishable by death.

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