07/24/2014 03:44 am ET Updated Sep 22, 2014

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, Woman Sentenced To Death For Apostasy, Arrives In Italy

ROME, July 24 (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan arrived at an airport in Rome on Thursday morning on an Italian government plane.

Italian television showed Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, leaving the aircraft at Rome's Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli.

(Reporting by Alessandro D'Angelo, writing by Isla Binnie)