Tamil Diplomat

Saudi ‘Holds off Flogging’ blogger for medical conditions

Amnesty International has said that Saudi Arabia has postponed the flogging punishment of Raif Badawi, a blogger on health grounds for a second time. “The planned flogging of Raif Badawi will be suspended this Friday after a medical committee assessed that he should not undergo a second round of lashes on health grounds.” The organization said.

This blogger has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for criticising leading clerics and is serving a 10-year jail sentence. According to Saudi Arabian sources; Raif Badawi was given the first 50 lashes of his sentence on 9 January outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. He was expected to face 20 flogging sessions in total, but last Friday his wife said the second round had been delayed on medical grounds. Ensaf Haidar, who has sought asylum in Canada, also said her husband’s case has been referred to the Supreme Court, possibly paving the way for an appeal.