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Sudan court overturns teenager’s death sentence

 

An appeals court in Sudan has overturned the death sentence of a woman who killed her husband after he allegedly raped her.

Noura Hussein, nineteen, was instead sentenced to five years in jail, her lawyer Abdelaha Mohamad said.

Her mother, Zainab Ahmed, told the BBC she was happy her daughter’s life had been spared.

International celebrities had backed an online campaign, #JusticeforNoura, to demand Ms. Hussein’s release.

Last month, an Islamic court had sentenced her to death by hanging, following her conviction for the premeditated murder of her husband, Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad.

Ms. Hussein said her husband had recruited some of his own cousins who allegedly held her down as he raped her.

When he allegedly attempted to do the same the following day she lashed out at him with a knife and stabbed him to death.

Ms. Hussein was forced into the marriage at the age of sixteen. Her husband, who was also her cousin, was sixteen years her senior.

According to a 2017 report by the UN’s children’s fund Unicef,  one third of Sudanese girls are married before they turn eighteen.

In a statement, charity  Amnesty International called the decision “hugely welcome news”, but said the five years in prison was a “disproportionate punishment”.

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