FreakOutNation: Saudi Blogger To Get 1,000 Lashes For Insulting Islam
Saudi blogger Raif Baddaw was sentenced last May to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, and will be publicly flogged for the first time after Friday prayers outside a mosque in the Red Sea coastal city of Jiddah, a person close to his case said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Baddawi was sentenced on charges which accuse him of insulting Islam on a liberal online forum which he had created, and he was additionally ordered by the Jiddah Criminal Court to pay a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals, or about $266,000.
Rights groups and activists say the case is part of a wider clampdown on dissent throughout the kingdom. Officials have increasingly blunted calls for reforms since the region’s 2011 Arab Spring upheaval.
Badawi has been held since mid-2012, and his Free Saudi Liberals website is now closed. The case has drawn condemnation from rights groups.
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