Saudi authorities have again postponed the flogging of a blogger, Raif Badawi, on health ground. He was spared the whip last week for similar reason. Amnesty International, on Thursday, said eight doctors examined Badawi, 31, and recommended he should not be flogged Friday. Badawi is to serve a 10-year jail term and 1,000 lashes over a 20-week period for criticising the Kindgom’s clerics in a 2012 articles published on his site. He was also accused of violating the country’s technology laws, and originally handed a seven-year imprisonment and 6,00 lashes.
An appeal by his lawyer in 2013 only earned him tougher punishment, which is what he currently faces. In addition, he is fined1 million Saudi riyals, about $266,000.
Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abul-Khair, is also serving a 15-year sentence for “undermining regime officials,” “inciting public opinion” and “insulting the judiciary.”
Badawi’s punishment has drawn wide condemnation, particularly from Western countries and leading international human rights organisations.