Imprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim gave birth early this morning to a baby girl in a Khartoum prison hospital wing. The 27-year-old mother sentenced to death for apostasy named her baby girl Maya, her lawyers told The Telegraph.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag married a Christian man and was sentenced to hang for apostasy earlier this month after refusing to renounce Christianity.
She is allowed to nurse her baby girl for two years before the sentence is carried out.
Ms Ibrahim was also convicted of adultery on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan was void under Sudan’s version of Islamic law, which says Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslims.
For this the judge sentenced her to 100 lashes, which will reportedly be carried out when she has recovered from giving birth.
Ms Ibrahim was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.
Online: BBC: Sudanese woman facing death for apostasy gives birth