Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called the sentence of a pregnant Sudanese woman to death for abandoning Islam "abhorrent", saying it was a "flagrant breach of international human rights".
"This case is a grave violation of the basic right and freedom to practice one's religion," he told The Times (£).
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