Saudi Blogger to Be Flogged for ‘Insulting Islam’

A judge in Saudi Arabia has ordered that a 31-year-old blogger Raif Badawi receive 50 more lashes tomorrow as part of the sentence he received for “insulting Islam” online. Earlier this year, he received 20 sets of 50 lashes, but after doctors determined him too unwell to receive more, the floggings—which are in addition to 10 years in prison—were postponed. Now, despite outcry from human rights groups, a judge has ordered that the public beatings continue. In an interview in The Guardian, his wife (who is a legal refugee in Canada), said that her husband didn’t insult the religion, but instead, criticized political leaders. She told the paper that she is very afraid for his health if the sentence is carried out …

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