Fuzzy Wuzzy Muhommed Teacher Officially Charged – Updated

The British teacher Sudan whose class named a teddy bear Muhommed, has been officially charged by the Sudanese government as previous reported.

Please need to get the word out and help put pressure on the Sudanese goverment to stop this assinine religious human abuse practice from being applied to this woman.

World Government and the UN need to speak up and stand up for this woman, this is a teach, there trying to help these children.

LONDON, England (CNN) — A British teacher arrested in Sudan after allowing her class to name a teddy bear “Mohammed” has been charged by authorities with offending religion, state-run media in Sudan report.

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An undated amateur photo of Gillian Gibbons.

A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office confirmed Wednesday that Gillian Gibbons had been charged under Article 125 of Sudan’s constitution, the law relating to insulting religion and inciting hatred.

Journalist Andrew Heavens, speaking from Sudanese capital Khartoum, said Gibbons was expected to appear in court Thursday.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has summoned the Sudanese ambassador to discuss charges against Gibbons, The Associated Press reported Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s spokesman, Michael Ellam, as saying Wednesday.

The meeting would take place as soon as possible, AP reported the British Foreign Office as saying.

Gibbons, 54, is being held by police in the capital Khartoum after she asked her class of seven-year-olds to come up with a name for the toy as part of a school project, Robert Boulos, the head of Unity High School told CNN.

She was arrested under the country’s Islamic Sharia law after parents of some of her students complained to police.

Under Sudan’s Sharia law, insulting Islam is punishable with 40 lashes, a jail term of up to six months or a fine.

Boulos said naming the teddy bear was “a totally innocent mistake” and that Gibbons had never intended to cause offense.

He said Gibbons had asked the children to pick their favorite name for the new class mascot, which she was using to aid lessons about animals and their habitats.

Classmates took turns taking the teddy bear home with them, accompanied by a diary with the bear’s name written in the front of it, Boulos said.

“All this is a very sensitive area. I asked her (Gibbons) why she had done it and she said she didn’t chose the name, the children did,” Boulos told CNN.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Tuesday he was “very sorry” about Gibbons’ arrest and that the British embassy in Khartoum was “giving all appropriate consular assistance to her.”

He said all efforts were being taken to ensure her early release and that government officials were in touch with the teacher’s family in the northern British city of Liverpool.

Although there is no ban in the Koran on images of Allah or the Prophet Mohammed, likenesses are considered highly offensive by Muslims.

Gibbons had been working at the school — popular with wealthy Sudanese and expatriates — since August, after leaving her position as deputy headteacher at a primary school in Liverpool this summer.

On her entry on the social networking Web site MySpace, Gibbons wrote: “I am a teacher in a school in Khartoum, in Sudan. I like to make the most out of life.”

According to the entry, she said her passion was travel and she was hoping to make the most of her time in Sudan by visiting nearby countries.

Gibbons was recruited to work in Sudan by QTS Worldwide, an education consultancy based in the northern county of West Yorkshire.

Update

Gibbons has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and deportation. She will receive credit 5 days served.

This is better than the possibilites of facing lashings, however it still demonstrates the criminality of govermnets controled by religion and religious law being enforced by the government. Not all people are of the same religion and the freedoms afford us here in the US are scarce around the world.

The British government and the rest of the world still need to stand up against injustices like this taking place.

Had this been the US, then we would be called racists if we even thought about charging someone with a crime like this.

Teachers around the world need to be protected from illegal actions such as these, the way our children learn to be the leaders of tomorrow begins with the Teachers of the world…

A Sudanese court found a British teacher guilty of insulting religion and sentenced her to 15 days in prison Thursday for allowing a teddy bear to be named “Mohammed,” British authorities and her lawyer reported. 

An undated amateur photo of Gillian Gibbons, who has been found guilty of insulting religion.

Gillian Gibbons also faces deportation from Sudan after her prison term, her lawyer told CNN.

He said that he was “very disappointed” with the verdict and that Gibbons planned to appeal.

Gibbons was not convicted of two other charges brought against her — inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs, her lawyer said.

Gibbons, 54, was arrested Sunday after she asked her class of 7-year-olds in Khartoum to name the stuffed animal as part of a school project, the British Foreign Office said. She had faced charges under Article 125 of Sudan’s constitution, the law relating to insulting religion and inciting hatred.

Although there is no ban in the Quran on images of Allah or the Prophet Mohammed, Islam’s founder, likenesses are considered highly offensive by Muslims. Video Watch latest developments in the case. »

Appearing somber and dazed, Gibbons arrived at the central courthouse in Khartoum for her closed hearing early Thursday. A staff member from the British Embassy in Khartoum and defense lawyers attended the hearing with her. 

The courthouse was heavily guarded by police, who kept journalists — and, for a while, even one of her attorneys — away.

Gibbons could have faced a sentence of 40 lashes, a fine, or a jail term of up to a year, according to the Foreign Office, which expressed Britain’s dissatisfaction with the verdict.

“We are extremely disappointed that the charges against Gillian Gibbons were not dismissed,” Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in a statement issued shortly after the verdict was announced.

“As I said this morning, our clear view is that this is an innocent misunderstanding by a dedicated teacher. Our priority now is to ensure Ms. Gibbons’ welfare, and we will continue to provide consular assistance to her. I have called in the Sudanese ambassador, Omer Siddig, this evening to explain the decision and discuss next steps.”

 

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  1. […] Fuzzy Wuzzy Wasn’t Very Islamic Was He Posted on November 26, 2007 by wasteofmyoxygen –>Update Post: Gibbons officially charged<–  […]

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