Posted by: becketfund | November 29, 2007

Sudan: British Teacher Sentenced to Prison for Blasphemy

CNN reports that a court in Sudan sentenced British elementary school teacher Gillian Gibbons to 15 days in prison and deportation on charges of inciting religious hatred.  Gibbons – a British citizen who has been teaching in Sudan since August – allowed her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear “Mohammed” as part of a school project on animals and their habitats. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband expressed his concern regarding the case to the Sudanese Ambassador to Britain and described Gibbons’ actions as an “innocent misunderstanding.” Gibbons’ lawyer has indicated that his client will be appealing the sentence.


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