Appeals Court Begins Trial of Sudanese Mother Sentenced to Death for Christian Faith

gabriel-wani-meriam-yehya-ibrahimBy Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post
An appeals court in Sudan has begun deliberations in the case of a young mother sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith after allegedly converting from Islam, her husband and lawyer have said.

“Formal notification was given to myself and my lawyer that the appeals court has begun deliberation of Meriam’s case,” CNN quoted Daniel Wani, the husband of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who is in a prison with her 20-month-old son and newborn daughter, as saying Sunday.

The formal notice was given Thursday, he said.

The appeal petition argues that there were “procedural errors” in the conduct of the trial court and thereby demands the release of Ibrahim, her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, told The Associated Press.

The young mother was convicted on April 30, and was given three days to recant her Christian faith on May 11. “The court has sentenced you to be hanged till you are dead,” Judge Abaas Al Khalifa finally told her on May 15 after she refused to forsake Christianity.

Ibrahim, who was accused by her Muslim relatives, has been kept at the Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in North Khartoum with her son since Feb. 17.

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