Teddy bear row teacher 'to be freed'

JAILED British teacher Gillian Gibbons, who was arrested in Sudan after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Mohammed, is to be freed today after being given a presidential pardon, according to reports.

JAILED British teacher Gillian Gibbons, who was arrested in Sudan after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Mohammed, is to be freed today after being given a presidential pardon, according to reports.

Details emerged this morning that Mrs Gibbons would be freed today, with the source quoted as a Sudanese presidential adviser.

The news coincided with a visit by two British Muslim politicians who met with President Omar al-Bashir at his palace in a bid to win Mrs Gibbons' release.

Mrs Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, was jailed for 15 days after she allowed children in her class to name the teddy bear Mohammed, angering religious hardliners who insisted the act was a crime of blasphemy.

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