Ensaf Haider, wife of blogger Raif Badawi (image below) sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashings, 50 lashes to be delivered every Friday until complete has informed the media that her husband’s case has been referred to the Supreme Court by the king’s office.
…the referral, made before he was flogged 50 times last Friday, gave him hope that officials would end his punishment.
A second round of lashings was postponed for medical reasons….
In 2012, he was arrested in Jeddah and charged with ‘insulting Islam through electronic channels” and “going beyond the realm of obedience’.
In 2013 he was cleared of apostasy, which could have carried a death sentence…
Amnesty International said officials had delayed the second round of flogging because Badawi’s wounds had not yet healed….
Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger, was due to receive the second set of 50 lashes today for insulting Islam, but it has been postponed on medical grounds….
Badawi’s only sin was freedom of speech and press after creating “a liberal, secular website, Free Saudi Liberals.” He has been sentenced to10 years in prison and 1000 lashes to be doled out every Friday until completed.
According to Human Rights Watch, Badawi received his first set of lashings on January 9, 2015, on a public street in front of a mosque in Jeddah. Calls to pardon Badawi have been ignored to date.
Saudi authorities lashed Raif Badawi 50 times part of a judicial sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for setting up a liberal website and allegedly insulting religious authorities.
The charges against Badawi are based solely on his peaceful exercise of his right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said. Badawi established his online platform in 2008 to encourage debate on religious and political matters in Saudi Arabia. Saudi authorities have detained Badawi in Jeddah’s Buraiman prison since his arrest on June 17, 2012.
‘Corporal punishment is nothing new in Saudi Arabia, but publicly lashing a peaceful activist merely for expressing his ideas sends an ugly message of intolerance,’ said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. ‘Saudi Arabia is showing a willingness to inflict vicious and cruel punishments on writers whose views it rejects….’
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