October 18, 2016 1:14 pm

Supporters of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi fear flogging set to resume

WATCH ABOVE: Blogger Raif Badawi remains in a Saudi Arabia prison for criticizing Islam.


Supporters of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi are sounding the alarm that his flogging could soon resume.

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The Montreal-based foundation that bears Badawi’s name said it has it on good authority that his punishment will begin again.

The foundation says in a statement the information comes from a “private source” who is the same person who informed Badawi’s family in Canada about the first series of lashes in January 2015.

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Executive director Evelyne Abitbol said in an interview it isn’t known when or if the lashes will resume but that it was necessary to convey the information publicly.

WATCH BELOW: Support for Raif Badawi

Badawi is not a Canadian citizen but his wife Ensaf Haidar and their three children live in Sherbrooke, Que.

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Supporters are urging the Saudi government to stop the punishment and allow him to rejoin his family.

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