- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Authorities in Sudan will temporarily release a woman sentenced to death for apostasy, a foreign ministry official says.

Meriam Ibrahim will be allowed to nurse her newborn daughter for two years before her sentence is carried out.

The woman, who was pregnant at the time of her conviction for refusing to abandon her Christian faith to return to Islam, will be freed in a few days time, BBC News reported.

Ms. Ibrahim gave her to a daughter in custody.

The U.K. Foreign Office stated that it would push for Ms. Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.

Earlier this month a judge ruled that Ms. Ibrahim, 27, who was brought up by a Christian mother, had committed apostasy for abandoning her Muslim father’s faith.

SEE ALSO: Islamic court in Sudan says Christian woman can have child before she is executed

Before she is put to death, Ms. Ibrahim is sentenced to receive 100 lashes for her marriage to a Christian man, which has been annulled.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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