Sudan ”teddy bear crisis” ends as president pardons British teacher

Published December 3rd, 2007 - 09:19 GMT

A British teacher jailed for naming a teddy bear Mohammed on Monday said she is "sad to be leaving Sudan" after being granted a full presidential pardon. Gillian Gibbons is expected to be back in Britain within 36 hours, Sky News reported.


In a written statement, the 54-year-old mother of two said she was sorry if she had caused distress and added that she had "great respect" for Islam.


Sudanese president Omar al Bashir cleared the teacher after meeting two British Muslim representatives.


Gibbons was arrested over a week ago after a secretary at Unity High School complained that she had named a teddy bear Mohammed. Gibbons was convicted of insulting Islam at the end of an eight-hour hearing on Thursday and sentenced to 15 days in detention. She had faced 40 lashes or up to a year in prison.



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