Bid to Free Teddy Insult Teacher

November 27, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

Sudanese officials have indicated that the British teacher arrested for allowing her class teddy bear to be named Muhammad could be released soon.

Gillian Gibbons, of Liverpool, may face blasphemy charges for insulting Islam's Prophet. A conviction could mean six months in jail, 40 lashes or a fine.

The Sudan Embassy in London said the situation was a "storm in a teacup", based on a cultural misunderstanding.

British embassy officials have visited Ms Gibbons, 54, in Khartoum prison.