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Friday, February 23, 2018

Saudi Blogger Got 1000 Lashes and 10 Years in Prison

Raif Badawi

The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes, said the first flogging (50 lashes a week for 20 weeks) nearly killed him. Of the large crowd gathered to watch, she said: "The crowd was cheering like it was a beach party."

Badawi was led by Saudi officials into the middle of the square in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His crime is "insulting Islam by calling for free speech on his website." His treatment by authorities in Saudi Arabia is a vicious act of cruelty. In addition, Raif's lawyer received 15 years in prison for defending him. Lessons:  (1) Islam is cruel and (2) there is no freedom in Islam.



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