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.
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.