WTF? No caning? Just a light prison sentence? She named an inanimate but cute stuffed bear after the prophet Muhammad for Christsakes! Is there no justice?
Yesterday British teacher, Gillian Gibbons, was convicted by a Sudanese court for insulting Islam and sentenced to 15 days in prison. She was convicted for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Mohammed. Gibbons wept in court saying that she never meant to bring any offense.
The trial lasted for seven hours and was focused on resolving the case. This case had put Sudan in a difficult position between the angered Britain and the Islamic hard-liners.
According to the defense, the case started due to a school secretary with a grudge.
Muslim clerics demanded that Gibbons should be punished because they think that she is part of a Western plot to insult Islamâ€™s Prophet Mohammed.
Abdel-Khaliq Abdallah, a member of the defense team said that Gibbons was in tears on Thursday when she testified in court.
Abdallah, said that â€œShe said that she never wanted to insult Islamâ€ when she allowed the pupils to name the teddy bear Mohammed.
Gibbons was found guilty for “insulting the faith of Muslims” and received 15 days of jail. After the sentence is served she will be deported to Britain, according to Ali Mohammed Ajab, a human rights lawyer on the defense team, the Associated Press reports.
She escaped the heavier punishment of 40 lashes, a fine and six months in jail.
Prosecutors tried to obtain the heavier punishment inciting religious hatred.
Luckily, Sudan is filled with more rational people who understand that naming a Teddy Bear is a serious crime that carries stiff penalties…. Like death.
Thousands of Sudanese men, many armed with clubs and knives, protested in Khartoum today calling for the execution of the British teacher who allowed a teddy bear to be called Mohamed.
The protesters emerged from Khartoumâ€™s mosques after Friday prayers and gathered outside the presidential palace shouting slogans against Gillian Gibbons as riot police looked on.
The rowdy scenes took place as it emerged that a senior Labour peer was launching a private rescue mission to try to secure the early release of the 54-year-old teacher.
Ms Gibbons was sentenced to 15 days in jail after being convicted of inciting religious hatred for letting her pupils at one of the cityâ€™s schools name a toy bear Mohamed.
Lord Ahmed, Britain’s first Muslim peer, is due to fly out to Khartoum this afternoon, raising hopes that the mother of two, from Liverpool, could be freed soon.
Some protesters taunted Western journalists by drawing a finger across their throats while others burnt newspapers that carried pictures of Ms Gibbons on the front page. The scenes in Martyrs Square, outside the palace, were becoming increasingly ugly.
And some infidel just signed their death warrant by creating the Flying Spaghetti Bear. How many heretics must we kill before we achieve peace and harmony?