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Sister of jailed blogger Raif Badawi released in Saudi Arabia

Ensaf Haidar stands next to a poster of a book of articles written by the imprisoned Saudi blogger and Haidar's husband, Raif Badawi, on June 16, 2015 in Montreal.
Ensaf Haidar stands next to a poster of a book of articles written by the imprisoned Saudi blogger and Haidar's husband, Raif Badawi, on June 16, 2015 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL – Amnesty International’s Quebec branch says the eldest sister of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been released after 24 hours in detention.

Samar Badawi was freed sometime earlier today from a Saudi jail but a spokeswoman for Amnesty says it isn’t clear under what conditions.

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Badawi was detained for allegedly posting on the Twitter account of her brother’s lawyer, Waleed Abulkhair.

It’s unclear if there was a bail attached to her release, but Amnesty’s spokeswoman Anne Ste-Marie says Samar Badawi is due back with authorities for interrogation on Thursday.

Raif Badawi, who is not a Canadian citizen, was arrested in 2012 for his criticism of Saudi clerics and was convicted in 2014.

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He was sentenced to 10 years in jail as well as 1,000 lashes. He received the first 50 last January during a public flogging.

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His imprisonment has drawn widespread condemnation both internationally and in Canada.

Raif Badawi’s wife and their three children live in Sherbrooke, Que.