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Pregnant mum sentenced to death

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A Pregnant doctor in Sudan who married a Christian has been sentenced to hang after refusing to recant her faith.

Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was a Muslim, was convicted on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape the death sentence.

She was sentenced after that grace period expired, officials said.

She is eight months pregnant and has her 18-month-old son in jail with her, Amnesty International said.

The sentencing has drawn condemnation from Western embassies in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and international rights groups, including Amnesty International.

The Khartoum court also ordered she be given 100 lashes for committing "zena" – an Arabic word for illegitimate sex – for having sexual relations with a non-Muslim man. The couple married in 2011, but under Sudanese law her marriage to a non-Muslim is regarded as void. Mrs Ibrahim (26) is to appeal against her death sentence and the 100 lashes.

Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith. By law, children must follow their father's religion. Amnesty said the conviction and death sentence were "truly abhorrent".

"The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion, is appalling and abhorrent," the rights group said.

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