SUDAN Judge to pregnant Christian woman: “We gave you 3 days to convert to Islam but you refused so I sentence you to be hanged to death”

Execution could come as soon as today.  A pregnant woman in Khartoum, Sudan raised as a Christian faces the death penalty for leaving Islam because her father was Muslim. This is sharia law, the same sharia law groups like CAIR are trying to impose on the U.S.

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NBC Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, who is eight months pregnant, was convicted under the Islamist-led government on charges of apostasy – the crime of abandoning or criticizing Islam – which is punishable by death in several Muslim-majority countries. The U.S., Canada and the U.K. have decried the verdict.

Her lawyers told Amnesty International that religious clerics in court had asked the 27-year-old Thursday if she would recant her faith – but she told them: “I am a Christian.”

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Ibrahim – who already has a 20-month-old son – was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because she is married to a Christian man from South Sudan, the oil-rich nation which recently gained independence. Marrying a Christian is prohibited under strict Islamic law, which is part of Sudan’s constitution.

Ibrahim’s father was a Muslim but apparently was absent for most of her childhood. She told the court in the capital Khartoum that she had been raised by her mother as an Orthodox Christian, but the court said there was no evidence of this beyond 2005 and that she had recently converted from Islam.

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Following her conviction on Sunday, Ibrahim was given three days to recant her faith or face a death sentence. Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher Manar Idriss said Ibrahim’s lawyers plans to appeal the conviction, but she is expected to remain in custody with her young child.

There have been other cases of people sentenced to death since execution was introduced as punishment for apostasy in Sudan in 1991. However, Idriss told NBC News that up until now, all defendants had opted to renounce their faith. Ibrahim is the first to refuse, she said.

Ahmed Bilal Osman, Sudan’s Information minister, told the AFP news agency before the verdict: “It’s not only Sudan. In Saudi Arabia, in all the Muslim countries, it is not allowed at all for a Muslim to change his religion.”