Thursday, January 8, 2015

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, to face whipping

From Lisa Daftar

Lisa Daftar
January 8, 2015

Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi, sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, is set to receive the first set of 50 lashes tomorrow.

Badawi will be flogged after Friday prayers tomorrow and continuously over a period of 20 weeks as the remainder of his sentence is carried out, according to Amnesty International.

Badawi, co-founder of the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website and a well-known thinker and blogger, was sentenced in May 2014 to ten years in prison, and 1000 lashes after he was found “guilty of writing anti-Islamic discourse online.” He was also fined him the equivalent of $266,000, in a verdict Amnesty International called “outrageous.”

In September Badawi lost his appeal against his sentence.

This afternoon U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called on Saudi Arabia to review Badawi’s case and “cancel this brutal punishment.”

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