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Teddy row teacher heads to China
Gillian Gibbons
Mrs Gibbons said she would work at a Muslim school in the future
A teacher who was jailed in Sudan for allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammed, is preparing to start a new job at a school in China.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Aigburth, Liverpool, was spared flogging but was sentenced to 15 days in custody after being convicted of insulting Islam.

She was pardoned after eight days by President Omar al-Bashir last December.

Mrs Gibbons will take up the 18-month post, at an English speaking school near Beijing, in two weeks.

Hopefully this time she won't end up in prison
Gill Langworthy, friend

Her friend, Gill Langworthy, said Mrs Gibbons had not been put off by her experience in Sudan.

She added, "Hopefully this time she won't end up in prison.

"Gillian is really excited, she's a bit nervous, but excited. She has not let things put her off."

Mrs Gibbons also said she had not ruled out working in a Muslim country again at some point.

The divorced mother of two was freed after two British Muslim peers flew to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to champion her cause.

Her treatment caused international outrage, with British Muslim groups describing it as excessive.

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