Sudan president pardons British teacher

Sudan's president on Monday pardoned a British teacher jailed after letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Sudan president pardons British teacher

Officials said she would be released and would fly back to England later in the day.

Lord Nazir Ahmed and another Muslim representative from Britain's House of Lords, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Monday at his presidential palace to plead for Gillian Gibbons' pardon.

"The president has told us he has already signed the papers for her pardon," Ahmed told reporters afterward.

Sudanese presidential spokesman Mahzoub Faidul said that Gibbons would "be released today and will fly back to England today."

Gibbons had been sentenced Thursday to 15 days in prison and deportation for insulting Islam because her students gave the teddy bear the same name as Islam's revered prophet — a violation under Sudan's Islamic Sharia law.

Agencies

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