13 March 2015

Raif Badawi flogging delayed for 9th week in a row

Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger jailed for criticizing Islam, has had his weekly lashes delayed for a ninth consecutive week.

Human rights group Amnesty International confirmed the news on Twitter, saying the reasons were unclear for yet another postponement.

.... Haidar told CBC earlier this month she's heard from official sources in Saudia Arabia that her husband may face a new trial, this time for renouncing faith. The apostasy charge is punishable under Saudi law with the death penalty by beheading. [CBC News] Read more