Raif Badawi again spared flogging in Saudi Arabia

Raif Badawi has again avoided a flogging in Saudi Arabia.

The Amnesty International office in Paris says the postponement comes a few days after the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia upheld the sentence imposed on the blogger.


Badawi is not a Canadian citizen, although his wife and children fled Saudi Arabia in 2012 and settled in Sherbrooke, Que., in 2013.

The court had sentenced the 31-year-old man to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for criticizing Saudi Arabian clerics.

However, after a first session of 50 lashes in January, all others were postponed, apparently due to health concerns.

Badawi has been imprisoned since 2012 for criticisms in his blog that promotes human rights and democracy in his country.

Badawi’s detention and sentence have stirred up worldwide condemnation and Quebec politicians unanimously adopted a motion in February calling for his immediate release.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has also spoken out against Badawi’s treatment, but has said Ottawa’s influence is limited by the fact he is not a Canadian citizen.


The Canadian Press