Saudi blogger Raif Badawi could be facing the death penalty

Channel 4 News: Raif Badawi, 31, was expected to serve a 10-year jail sentence, and a fine of £175,000 for offences related to his setting up of an online forum for public debate, as well as accusations he insulted Islam.

On 9 January, the Saudi writer was lashed 50 times as the first part of his sentence to be flogged 1,000 lashes over a course of 20 weeks. However, subsequent floggings were postponed due to injuries that he sustained.

Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haider, has told Channel 4 News that judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal courts are wanting him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would face the death penalty.

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1 thought on “Saudi blogger Raif Badawi could be facing the death penalty

  1. Alex Bell

    And Saudi Arabia is America’s main supporter and client in the Arab Middle East. You can tell a lot about someone by the company they keep, and I think the same applies to countries.

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