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Published:Friday | June 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 

Sudanese woman appeals apostasy death sentence

KHARTOUM (AP):

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith after allegedly converting from Islam has appealed the sentence, her lawyer said.

The appeal demands the release of Meriam Ibrahim, saying the court that tried her committed "procedural errors," her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, told The Associated Press late Wednesday.

Ibrahim was sentenced to death for 'apostasy' last month 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.

Ibrahim married a Christian man from southern Sudan in a church ceremony in 2011. As in many Muslim nations, Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith.

Ibrahim has a son, 18-month-old Martin, who is living with her in jail, where she gave birth to a second child last week. By law, children must follow their father's religion.

New Jersey committee to contemplate assisted suicide bill

TRENTON (AP):

Terminally ill New Jerseyans might get to end their lives on their own terms.

An Assembly committee plans to consider a measure billed as the 'Death With Dignity Act'.

The bill would allow residents who are told they have six months to live to obtain prescription drugs to commit suicide.

An assisted suicide bill introduced last year faced opposition. Some opponents said it was unethical and went against a doctor's duty to help the dying. Others presented examples of people who received a diagnosis that they would die within six months, but ended up living for years.