PM urges Sudan to 'make good on release promise'

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Sudan to "make good on its promise", after reports emerged that Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to death for marrying a Christian, would be released.

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Cameron: Sudan 'must make good on release promise'

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Sudan to "make good on its promise", after reports emerged that a woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian would be released.

Sudanese death row woman 'to be freed'

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian is expected to be released soon, a government official said.

But Mariam Ibrahim's lawyer said he remained "skeptical" and has not had any confirmation from the courts, Amnesty International spokesperson said.

Daniel Wani and his wife Meriam Ibrahim. Credit: Reuters

"The related authorities in the country are working to release Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death for apostasy, through legal measures," Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Abdelah Al-Azrak told Reuters.

"I expect her to be released soon," he added.

Mrs Ibrahim was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man in the country.

A spokesperson for Amnesty International said their researchers have spoken to Mrs Ibrahim's lawyer, who said he has not had any confirmation from the courts.

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Foreign Office wants Sudan appeals process 'sped up'

The Foreign Office have said they are putting more pressure on the Sudanese government to release Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man in the country.

Mark Simmonds, Minister for Africa, has said the UK government wants the appeals process in Khartoum "sped up".

Simmonds also said that Meriam should be released from prison on "medical grounds" after giving birth.

PM 'absolutely appalled' at Sudan's death row decision

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he is "absolutely appalled" by Sudan's decision to sentence a woman to death for abandoning Islam.

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Miliband: 'Nobody should be prosecuted' for their faith

Labour leader Ed Miliband has joined the Prime Minister to condemn the death sentence handed to a Sudanese woman.

Mr Miliband told The Times (£) that the incarceration of Meriam Ibrahim was "utterly appalling and an abhorrent abuse of her human rights".

Miliband condemned the actions of Sudan. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA

He said: "Nobody should be persecuted because of the religion they practice or the person they fall in love with.

"I cannot imagine the suffering - both physical and emotional - that Meriam, her husband and their two young children must be going through," he said.

Blair: Sudan case is a 'sickening distortion of faith'

Former Prime Minister Mr Blair has described the case of a Sudanese woman, sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, as a "brutal and sickening distortion of faith," it was reported in The Times (£)

Blair has said the case was a "brutal and distorted" view of Christianity. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA

The case has prompted questions over whether the UK should continue giving aid to countries which do not respect human rights.

Fox: UK should think again about giving money to Sudan

The UK Government should think again about giving aid to Sudan, the former defence secretary and shadow foreign secretary has said, after the Sudanese government handed down a death sentence to a woman for marrying a Christian. Liam Fox said:

Religious tolerance is something that the UK should be promoting at every opportunity.

We need to ask ourselves whether it is acceptable too be giving taxpayers' money in aid to states which allow treatment such as that handed out to Meriam Ibrahim.

David Cameron 'urges Sudan to save death row woman'

David Cameron has urged the Sudanese government to lift the "barbaric" death sentence handed to a woman for marrying a Christian.

The Prime Minister joined Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Tony Blair in condemning the treatment of Meriam Ibrahim - who gave birth to a baby daughter this week while shackled in her cell.

Daniel Wani and his wife Meriam Ibrahim. Credit: Reuters

Mr Cameron said he was "absolutely appalled" when he heard about the plight of the 27-year-old. "The way she is being treated is barbaric and has no place in today's world," he told The Times (£).

"I urge the government of Sudan to overturn the sentence and immediately provide appropriate support and medical care for her and her children...The UK will continue to press the government of Sudan to act."

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