19 October 2016

Saudi activist Raif Badawi to receive more lashes

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, will receive a new set of lashes, his supporters said.

A private source told Evelyne Abitbol, who founded the Raif Badawi Foundation with Badawi's wife, said that the Saudi government would resume corporal punishment against the jailed blogger.

"Our understanding of the information is that another series of lashes punishment will take place this time inside the prison," she said on the foundation's website on Monday.

The unnamed source, who was the same person who had alerted Badawi's wife Ensaf Haidar in 2015 before he received his first 50 lashes in public, did not indicate when the next flogging would take place. [The New Arab] Read more