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Monday, December 3, 2007

Teacher is released, but Nifonged Teddy is in lockdown

Teddybear lockdownMohammed the bear faces life sentence -- THE cuddly bear that sparked the storm in Sudan was locked away in a Khartoum vault last night — facing a much longer sentence than Gillian Gibbons.

Authorities anxious to draw a line under the controversy admitted the 2ft brown teddy named Mohammed would never see daylight again.

He is being held at the CID department of the Ministry of Interior in Khartoum. Pleas by The Sun to free Mohammed were refused yesterday. A source said: "It’s a life sentence for the bear. He’s in a police store and will never be handed back."
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TEDDY bear teacher Gillian GibbonsSun [UK]:
Teddy teacher is released -- TEDDY bear row teacher Gillian Gibbons has been pardoned by the Sudanese Government and was released this morning.

She is now with British Embassy officials and will fly back to the UK today.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Gillian had shown "good British grit" and that she was in "remarkably good spirits" after speaking to her this afternoon.

Mr Miliband said: "She was a little overwhelmed by the amount of coverage she understood this case had received and proud of the way her family had stood up over the last week.".

He described the securing of her release as a "team effort" and welcomed "the intervention of the president."

Gillian earlier released a statement saying she had been "well treated" during her incarceration. [...]
comment: This injustice cannot stand. The teddy has been nifonged. Free Teddy!

related:
Wikipedia: Sudanese teddy bear blasphemy case
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discussion:
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sudan's President Pardons British Teacher — A British school teacher jailed in Sudan for two weeks after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad was freed Monday following a pardon by the Sudanese president. — President Omar al-Bahir's pardon of Gillian Gibbons allowed …
Sydney Morning Herald: British 'teddy' teacher wants to stay in Sudan
Michelle Malkin:
Mohammed Teddy Bear Blasphemy fallout: Teddy bear teacher "pardoned …
more discussion: The Jawa Report, The Times and BitsBlog
The Age: Hague museum pulls offensive Muslim art
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