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Pictures Released of Baby Born to Sudanese Woman Facing Execution

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A handout picture taken on May 28, 2014, and released by the family on May 30, shows Daniel Wani, a US citizen originally from South Sudan, carrying his newborn daughter Maya at the womens prison in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman. There was an international outcry after Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was condemned to hang for apostasy on May 15 under Islamic sharia law, which has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions on pain of death. AFP PHOTO/HO/FAMILY ==RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/HO/FAMILY " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS==-/AFP/Getty Images- / AFP - Getty Images

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The family of a Sudanese woman sentenced to death after refusing to renounce Christianity has released pictures of her newborn baby and husband.

The images of Daniel Wani, an American citizen originally from Sudan, show him carrying his daughter Maya in the women's prison in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.

Wani's wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, was convicted under the Islamist-led government on charges of apostasy -- the crime of abandoning or criticizing Islam, an offense punishable by death in several Muslim-majority countries.

Amnesty International's Sudan researcher Manar Idriss said on Tuesday that Ibrahim, who already has a 20-month-old son, delivered a baby girl in a prison clinic.

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Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen originally from South Sudan, carries his newborn daughter Maya at a women's prison in Sudan on May 28. His wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, has been condemned to hang for apostasy.- / AFP - Getty Images

In addition to an execution-by-hanging sentence, 27-year-old Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery because she is married to a Christian man from South Sudan, the oil-rich nation which recently gained independence. Marrying a Christian is prohibited under strict Islamic law, which is part of Sudan's constitution.

Under Sudan’s criminal code, a woman that is heavily pregnant cannot be executed before giving birth to her child and nursing him or her for two years, according to Amnesty International.

Lawyers for Ibrahim, 27, have said they plan to appeal.

- F. Brinley Bruton

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