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Amnesty International – A witness confirmed to Amnesty International that the flogging of Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi took place this morning after Friday prayers in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah.

“The flogging of Raif Badawi is a vicious act of cruelty which is prohibited under international law,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. (more…)

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Raif Badawi

Raif Badawi

London, 8 May (MEFD)

Local media has reported that Jeddah’s criminal court has sentenced a Saudi Arabian activist and blogger, Raif Badawi, to 10 years imprisonment, 1,000 lashes and commanded him to pay a fine of 1 million riyals (£133,000) for “insulting Islam” and setting up a liberal web forum.

Raif Badawi, who is the co-founder of the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website, was arrested in 2012 by the Saudi authorities on charges of breaching Saudi Arabia’s IT law and insulting the religious establishment through his blogs and his Saudi Arabian Liberals website. (more…)

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