BBC NEWS: Sudan death sentence condemned by UK leaders

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag pictured on her wedding day with her husband Daniel Wani Meriam Ibrahim has been sentenced to 100 lashes as well as death by hanging

UK political leaders have united to urge Sudan to lift the "barbaric" death sentence handed down to a Christian woman accused of abandoning Islam.

A court ruled that Meriam Ibrahim, who was raised by her Christian mother and married a Christian, was Muslim in line with her father – which she rejects.

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg said they were appalled by the treatment of Ms Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in her cell on Wednesday.

She has appealed against her sentence.

Mr Cameron said the treatment of Ms Ibrahim had "no place in today's world" and said the UK would "continue to press the government of Sudan to act". Mr Clegg and Mr Miliband both said her case was "abhorrent".


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