1000 Lashes For Saudi Blogger

A family man with three small children is to receive 50 lashes a week for twenty weeks, but the second week has been deferred because his wounds are not healed enough to take the second round of lashing. He also faces 10 years imprisonment ( he has already served two years), and fined £175,000.

While the boundaries are being pushed by Saudi’s on social media the government seems to be making an example of Raif Badawi.

Reports the BBC:

“The first round of flogging was carried out outside a mosque in Jeddah last Friday as a crowd of onlookers watched.

“A number of foreign governments, including the US, Canada, Germany and Norway, had criticised the punishment.

“Amnesty International said officials had delayed the second round of flogging because Badawi’s wounds had not yet healed.

“”Not only does this postponement… expose the utter brutality of this punishment, it underlines its outrageous inhumanity,” said Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East and Africa, Said Boumedouha.

“”The notion that Raif Badawi must be allowed to heal so that he can suffer this cruel punishment again and again is macabre and outrageous.”

“Reporters Without Borders urged Saudi Arabia “to abandon this barbaric punishment”, saying it remained “very concerned” about Badawi’s health.

The Hindu report.

Channel 4 report.

The Mail reports that the Saudi king halts flogging of Blogger

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