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Posted May 19. 2014 5:36PM

Aljazeera.com: Sudan plays down death sentence for wife of NH man for apostasy

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Amid global outcry, Sudanese government says pregnant Christian has chance to appeal penalty for changing religion. "The punishment has little to do with religion and serves as a political distraction," Mohamed Ghilan, an expert in Islamic jurisprudence, told Al Jazeera. "This is a ploy by the Sudanese regime to appear as 'defenders of Islam' to mitigate their corruption."