Yes, Gibbons could have been sentenced to 40 lashes and been convicted of crimes that are, under Sudanese law, much worse. However 15 days prison time in what, I am sure, is not a facility built with human comfort, decency or long term survival in mind, is a punishment that borders on barbarism.
Gibbons lawyer is planning an appeal. Let us hope and pray that her appeal does not end up with a harsher punishment like others have.
The Kansas City Star:
"A British teacher in Sudan was convicted Thursday of the less-serious charge of insulting Islam for letting her pupils name a teddy bear 'Muhammad,' and was sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation to Britain, one of her lawyers said."
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