The Muslim Council of Britain welcomes the decision by the Sudanese authorities to release British teacher Gillian Gibbons. Ms. Gibbons was arrested and tried after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
"We thank the efforts of Baroness Warsi and Lord Nazir in this matter. Their visit to Sudan to persuade the authorities to pardon Ms. Gibbons should be welcomed by all." Said Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. "There was clearly no intention on the part of the teacher to deliberately insult the Islamic faith. The children in Ms Gibbons' class and their parents have all testified as to her innocence in this matter. We are glad that this has finally been recognised. Ms. Gibbons should never have been arrested in the first place. We are sure she will be warmly welcomed back to the UK by all Britons, both Muslim and non-Muslim."