On Saturday, Western media shared some very good news: following international protests, Meriam Ibrahim will be set free. The 27-year-old Sudanese woman was sentenced to death two weeks ago, found guilty of leaving Islam for Christianity. Both the charge and the punishment are downright nauseating:
Ms Ibrahim was raised a Christian by her mother and has refused to renounce the faith.
However, a court ruled earlier this month that she is Muslim because that was her father’s faith.
Her Christian marriage was annulled and she was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and death by hanging for renouncing Islam.
The adultery charge stems from the fact that a Sudanese court decided Ibrahim’s marriage is illegal, because her husband is a Christian. Under Sudan’s version of sharia, a Muslim woman may not marry a non-Muslim man. If she does, that’s considered adultery.