A Sudan judge has no tolerance for a local woman’s decision of apostasy, in this instance, converting to Christianity, and has ordered her to be executed by hanging.
To make matters worse, she happens to be pregnant.
“We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa told the woman, addressing her by her father’s Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.
Her Christian name is Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag.
Khalifa also sentenced her to 100 lashes for “adultery”.
Ishag, who rights activists say is pregnant and 27 years old, reacted without emotion when Abbas delivered the verdict at a court in the Khartoum district of Haj Yousef.
Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes.
Then she calmly told the judge: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”
Sudan’s Islamist regime introduced sharia law in 1983 but extreme punishments other than flogging are rare.
After the verdict about 50 people demonstrated against the decision.
Western embassies from all corners of the globe have been protesting the verdict so it remains to be seen how things will pan out.