01 March 2015

Raif Badawi, Blogger Imprisoned In Saudi Arabia, Could Now Face Death Penalty

The Saudi man who was imprisoned and publicly lashed for a blog could be retried for apostasy - which carries the death penalty.

Raif Badawi, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, to be administered publicly each Friday over 20 weeks, for content on his blog that was deemed "insulting" to the country's authorities.

Only one round of the gruesome punishment has been inflicted so far, as subsequent lashings were postponed because the ferocity of the first round left him badly injured to the point he may not have survived another. [The Huffington Post UK] Read more