British teacher charged of insulting Islam to be before Sudan court

A British teacher was Thursday expected to appear in a Sudanese court after being charged with insulting Islam and inciting religious hatred by allowing pupils to name a teddy bear Mohammed, which is the name of Islam's prophet.

British teacher charged of insulting Islam to be before Sudan court
Gillian Gibbons, in her 50s and from Liverpool in northern England, has been charged under Article 125 of the Sudanese penal code, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 lashes, six months in prison and a fine.

British embassy officials were heading to the court in the Sudanese capital Khartoum where they expected Gibbons to appear with her lawyer.

"Yes she is, I think fairly soon," an embassy spokesman said when asked if the private school teacher, who is spending her fourth day in police custody, was likely to appear before the criminal court.

British officials understand that her case could go straight to a trial or that the court will set a date for later proceedings.

The case has threatened to escalate into a diplomatic row between Britain and Sudan, after London announced it would summon Khartoum's ambassador for talks at the Foreign Office.


Agencies

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