Teddy Teacher May Gain Early Release

British Muslim lawmakers optimistic as they arrive in Sudan
By Rob Wagner,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2007 10:27 AM CST
Gillian Gibbons, the British schoolteacher convicted of insulting religion in Sudan.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – British Muslim lawmakers came to Sudan today to push for the early release of the teacher whose class set off a national furor by naming a teddy bear Muhammad, the BBC reports. The move raised hopes that Sudan leaders can free her to a Muslim delegation without angering protesters calling for her death. "We have it from the top that Sudanese authorities will cooperate in relation to her release," said one of the Brits.

Gillian Gibbons received 15 days in prison for insulting Islam, and the case triggered massive protests in the capital. She has been moved to a secure site for her safety, and her son told the AP she is doing fine. "One of the things my mum said today was that, 'I don't want any resentment towards Muslim people.' "