Sudan's government is not based on the principle of church-state separation. Conversion from Islam is a crime. Meriam Ibrahim, married to a Christian and mother of a toddler, is pregnant and claims she was raised Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother after her Sudanese Muslim father left the family when she was a small child. However, because her father is Muslim the court recognizes her as Muslim. The court ordered her to either renounce her Christianity or face execution. In addition to her conviction for apostasy, she was also convicted of adultery. As the court regarded her as a Muslim, her marriage to a Christian is rendered void. Her lawyer has appealed the lower court's findings.
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