Sudan: Woman appeals 'apostasy' death sentence
05 June 2014, 12:53
Khartoum, Sudan — A defense lawyer for a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith says she has appealed the verdict.
Lawyer Eman Abdel-Rahim told The Associated Press that the appeal demands her client's release because the court that tried her committed "procedural errors."
Meriam Ibrahim was last month sentenced to death by a Khartoum court for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam.
She maintains that her Muslim father left when she was young and that she was raised a Christian by her Ethiopian mother, who is an Orthodox Christian.
She married a Christian man from southern Sudan in a church ceremony in 2011.
Amnesty International condemned the sentence, calling it "abhorrent," and the U.S. State Department said it was "deeply disturbed" by the sentence.