February 20, 2015 12:51 pm
Updated: February 20, 2015 12:54 pm

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi spared flogging for sixth time: Amnesty International

Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam, was brought after Friday prayers to a public square in the port city of Jiddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators.

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MONTREAL — Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia has postponed the flogging of blogger Raif Badawi for a sixth consecutive week.

The human rights organization’s Paris office said Badawi was spared a lashing on Friday, but they’re not sure what the reasons were.

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READ MORESaudi blogger Raif Badawi spared flogging for fifth consecutive week

Badawi is serving 10 years in prison, and has also been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for blog posts criticizing Saudi Arabia’s clerics.

The first 50 lashes were delivered on Jan. 9 and Amnesty said he’s had none since then.

READ MOREWitness: Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam publicly flogged 50 times

Badawi is not a Canadian citizen but his wife, Ensaf Haidar, and children fled Saudi Arabia in 2012 and settled in Sherbrooke, Que., in 2013.

His detention and sentence have stirred up worldwide condemnation.

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