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African Woman Sentenced to Death for Converting to Christianity

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A woman in Sudan has been sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, Reuters reports.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim had been ordered to convert back to Islam after recently converting to Christianity. The news agency reports she had also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man.

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The judge asked Ibrahim if she would return to Islam. When she responded "I am a Christian," the death sentence was handed down.

The news agency spoke with a government spokesman who said the ruling may be appealed in a higher court.

"Sudan is committed to all human rights and freedom of faith granted in Sudan by the constitution and law," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abu-Bakr Al-Siddiq said.

About 50 people reportedly stood outside the court holding signs that read "Freedom of Religion."

Sudan is an Arab republic situated below Egypt.

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