Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for ‘insulting Islam’ is spared from being flogged for the third week in a row, his wife reveals

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The flogging of a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam has been postponed for the third week in a row, his wife said today.


Raef Badawi, 30, received the first 50 lashes of his sentence outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on January 9.

The next round was postponed for the following two weeks on medical grounds.

Now his wife Ensaf Haidar said he ‘was not flogged’ today either, adding that the reason was unclear.

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  • DJohn1

    In order for a person to serve a 10 year sentence one must be alive to do so.
    Obviously anyone making comments about not giving him the lashes has an ulterior motive to do so.
    My own feeling is that punishing him further serves no real purpose other than to kill him.
    If you kill him the international reaction is one of horror. This enforces the view that the country is barbaric and not civilized at all. No one in their right mind wants that image or name.
    I suggest that they pardon him this one time or exile him. The example has all ready been made of him.
    Anything like I have suggested only says we are willing to show mercy on someone that has done a really stupid thing.