BRTISH TEACHER ARRESTED & FACES 40 LASHES FOR NAMING TEDDY BEAR MOHAMED
Gillian Gibbons, 54, was being interrogated at a police station in the capital Khartoum today.
She had been working at one of the city's exclusive British schools for the past three months since giving up her job in Liverpool.
Twenty out of 23 pupils voted for Mohamed, which is also the name of one of the most popular boys in the class.
Mrs Gibbons had wanted to call the bear Faris but was overruled by the children, said a teacher who asked not to be named.
Children were asked to take the teddy home each weekend and keep a diary of his activities, writing entries in a book called: "My Name is Mohamed."
The bear itself was not marked or labelled with the name in any way. Sudanese police have now seized the book and even want to interview the seven-year-old girl who first brought the teddy to school.
One pupil said: "She's a lovely teacher, and I don't think she deserves any of this because the students are the one who chose the name, not her.
"The teddy bear is not a symbol of anything bad and I'm sure that she did not mean any harm. I hope she's okay and we should all pray that Allah helps her."
A news item on the Sudanese Media Centre website - closely associated with the Sudanese government - said Mrs Gibbons could be prosecuted under "Faith and Religions" laws.
Under Sharia law if she is found guilty of insulting the Prophet she faces a fine, six months' imprisonment or 40 lashes.FOR THE REST OF THE STORY: DAILYMAIL