UK Muslims warned against ‘victim culture’

The Conservative peer who helped negotiate the release of the primary school teacher jailed in Sudan for allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear Mohamed attacked her fellow British Muslims today for their “victim culture”. Baroness Warsi, a Conservative spokeswoman on community cohesion, also criticised Labour for its “patronage politics” and for having encouraged the “divisive concept” of multiculturalism. Lady Warsi, 36, born to Pakistani parents in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, is the youngest member of the House of Lords. She came to public notice earlier this month when she was asked by Lord Ahmed, a Labour peer, to accompany him to Sudan to mediate the release of Gillian Gibbons, who had been jailed for insulting Islam. Philippe Naughton reports. The situation in Sudan had been extraordinary and “thankfully” could never happen in the UK, Lady Warsi told a race relations conference in London this morning.

Teddy bear teacher flies out of Sudan

Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher jailed in Sudan for insulting Islam in a row over a teddy bear, tonight landed in Dubai on her way back home after being pardoned by the country’s President. The 54-year-old mother-of-two left Sudan landed at 8.45pm (UK time) and said: I just want to relax, I don’t want to say any more. I’m too tired.” Sophie Tedmanson, and Rob Crilly report.

UK Muslims meet Sudan President

Two leading British Muslims met the Sudanese president on Monday in an attempt to secure the early release of a British teacher jailed for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Mohammad. Gillian Gibbons was sentenced on Thursday to 15 days in jail for insulting Islam to be followed by deportation. Opheera McDoom reports.

Teacher in jail in Sudan for teddy bear named Muhammad

A British teacher faces a jail sentence in Sudan for insulting Islam by letting her class of seven-year-olds name a teddy bear Muhammad as part of a school project. Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, has been accused of blasphemy – an offence punishable by 40 lashes under Sharia – and could be imprisoned for up to six months. Rob Crilly in Khartoum and Lucy Bannerman report.