Sudanese woman facing death for apostasy appeals against sentence

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A Sudanese facing death for refusing to renounce Christianity after allegedly converting from Islam has appealed against the sentence, her lawyer said.

The appeal demands the release of Mariam Ibrahim, and says the court tried her committed procedural errors, her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, told the AP news agency late on Wednesday.

Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to death for “apostasy” last month by a Khartoum court for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam. She maintains her Muslim father left when she was young and she was raised a Christian by her Ethiopian mother, is an Orthodox Christian.

Ibrahim married Daniel Wani, a Christian from southern has citizenship, a church ceremony 2011. Muslim are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith.

Ibrahim has an 18-month-old , Martin, is living her . She gave birth to a second child last week. By , must follow their father’s religion.

A video obtained by AP shows Ibrahim her newborn and her Martin at the prison’s hospital where she gave birth. Looking happy and relaxed, the video shows Ibrahim breastfeeding the baby while seated on a bed Martin sitting close by.

The rights group Amnesty International condemned the sentence against Ibrahim, calling it abhorrent, while the Department said it was “deeply disturbed” by the sentence.

introduced Islamic in the early 1980s the rule of Jaafar Nimeiri, a move contributed to the resumption of a rebellion in the mostly animist and Christian of Sudan.