Baby for Sudanese apostasy woman

Khartoum - A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy has given birth in jail, a Western diplomat said on Tuesday.

“She gave birth to a girl today,” said the diplomat, who is familiar with the case of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27.

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“The mother and the baby seem to be doing okay,” said the diplomat who asked for anonymity.

But he said, “It's a cruel treatment to be in such a situation.”

The case of Ishag has sparked global outrage since a Khartoum-area court sentenced her to death on May 15.

Born to a Muslim father, she was convicted under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions of faith on pain of death.