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Post Apostate Sentenced to Death Will be Released
Created by John Eipper on 06/01/14 12:40 PM

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Apostate Sentenced to Death Will be Released (Massoud Malek, USA, 06/01/14 12:40 pm)

On May 31, Reuters reported that a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity is expected to be released soon, a government official said on Saturday, after Khartoum came under diplomatic pressure to halt her execution.

In his book Tahrir al-Wasilah, Khomeini wrote:

"The punishment of a female apostate is as follows: Her property remains in her ownership and is not transferred to her lawful heirs, unless she dies. (A female apostate is not executed on charges of apostasy.) If no intercourse has taken place between her and her husband; she will be separated from her husband without any need to remain unmarried for a certain period. But if they have had sexual intercourse, she should remain unmarried for a certain period as of the moment of her apostasy just as if she were divorced. If the woman repents in the middle of the period of remaining unmarried, she will become the wife of her former husband without any need to hold marriage ceremonies again."

JE comments:  I'm familiar with this story, and this is one instance in which "diplomatic pressure" has yielded happy results.  Let's call this a victory for human rights in Sudan, whose record has not been stellar.  (The last WAIS post on Sudan, from Bosun Jang in 2010, was about modern-day slavery in that country.)

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