Teddy Bear teacher Gillian Gibbons leaves Sudan

Atlanta, GA 12/03/2007 08:47 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Gillian Gibbons has been released from the Sudan prison where she has been held the last week. Gibbons was sentenced to 15 days in prison after allowing her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear Mohammed. She was found guilty of insulting religion for allowing the students to name the bear after a prophet. On Friday protesters demanded she be executed.

Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, granted Gibbons a presidental pardon on Monday. The 54-year-old British teacher apologized for any "distress" her actions caused. "I have great respect for the Islamic religion and would not knowingly offend anyone and I am sorry if I caused any distress," said Gibbons.

Gibbons left on a flight to London and is expected to arrive early Tuesday morning.

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