20 March 2017

Saudi 'prisoner of conscience' ordered to pay $270,000 fine

Badawi was arrested in 2012 and brought to court on charges of insulting Islam and apostasy - which carries an automatic death sentence.

In 2013, he was sentenced to seven-years in prison and 600 lashes, of which he received 50 in the first round of public flogging.

Supporters say the sentence is politically-motivated due to Badawi's criticism of conservative sections of Saudi society.

His sentence was extended to ten years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes in 2015.

His blog, the Saudi Free Liberals Forum, was shut down following his arrest.

Amnesty International has designated him a prisoner of conscience and he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.

Badawi has been given several international awards, including the Courage Award 2015 from the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, and the European Union's prestigious Sakharov Prize for human rights. [The New Arab] Read more