Gillian Gibbons pardoned

Monday, December 3, 2007 at 13:22 | Posted in civil rights, Freedom of speech | Leave a comment

The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has pardoned Gillian Gibbons who is serving a 15 day jail sentence in Sudan for allowing her primary school class name a teddy bear Muhammad. Ms Gibbons is to be released today and she is also going to fly back to Britain today.

A presidential pardon is of course a satisfactory solution in humanitarian point of view. However, as Ms Gibbons that should never have been  arrested and convicted in the first place, the conviction should also have been overturned. As I understand, this is not possible after a presidential pardon.


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