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.

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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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.

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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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