Death penalty for Saudi Arabian blogger?

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Bring Raif Badawi home to his family

13 November 2014

10 year old Doudi writes to his dad Raif Badawi in prison in Saudi Arabia.

Raif Badawi was jailed for 10 years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes after starting an online forum for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia. Demand his immediate release – write to the King of Saudi Arabia today.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty

Chris Green

Sunday 01 March 2015

Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger whose punishment of 1,000 lashes has prompted international condemnation, may now face the death penalty.

Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told The Independent in a series of messages that judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal court want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would face a death sentence.

She said the “dangerous information” had come from “official sources” inside the conservative kingdom, where Mr Badawi has already been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes – administered at a rate of 50 per week – for criticising the country’s clerics through his liberal blog.

In 2013, a judge threw out the charge of apostasy against the 31-year-old blogger after he assured the court that he was a Muslim. The evidence against him had included the fact that he pressed the “Like” button on a Facebook page for Arab Christians.

The news that the charge may now be re-examined will come as a bitter blow to Mr Badawi’s family and supporters, who had hoped that the international pressure over his case would prompt Saudi Arabia to reduce his sentence.

Although he remains in prison, he has only been flogged once since his sentence was passed, with subsequent punishments being repeatedly postponed.

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  2. Dear Avaaz members,

    His hands and feet in shackles, his face contorted with pain, for everyone to see. It’s unbearable to think this is how they publicly flogged my husband, 50 times over. Now I hear he could even be executed — but you can help me save him!

    My name is Ensaf Haidar and Raif is my husband. Last year, he was sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” — his crime was that he voiced his opinion on a blog. Raif is a peaceful man and a loving father — our three children and I miss him dearly and we fear for his life.

    Now Germany could help us free him: in 48 hours, Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Minister of Economic Affairs, will travel to Saudi Arabia — and if he uses his influence to take a stand for Raif, he could spur Saudi leaders to reconsider.

    I have personally asked Sigmar Gabriel for help. But my voice alone is not strong enough. That’s why I ask you to support my appeal so that we can see him off with a huge call from around the world to negotiate Raif’s release. Please join me now and share this with everyone you know:

    A few years ago, my husband Raif Badawi started a blog called “Free Saudi Liberals”. He wanted to write about politics and religion, and address social and political issues. But the Saudi judiciary accused him of insulting Islam — a charge that carries harsh punishments. And Raif’s penalty doesn’t only affect him: his public lashing sends a warning signal to anyone wanting to express similar thoughts.

    Raif and I met 15 years ago. We married two years later and soon after I was already pregnant with my first child. When my husband got into trouble with the authorities in 2008, he asked us to flee the country: we travelled from Egypt to Lebanon and finally arrived in Canada, where my children and I were granted asylum. But now we can’t just sit here and watch — we want Raif to come back to us!

    Many people in my country want reform and international attention to Raif’s plight is rising. Sigmar Gabriel has already said he’ll address human rights during his visit. Please add your voice to my plea — our appeal now could set my husband free.

    With deep gratitude,

    Ensaf and the entire Avaaz team.

    More information:

    Saudi blogger Raif Badawi could be retried and beheaded, say his family (The Guardian)

    Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty (The Independent)

    Blogger Badawi’s wife appeals for help from Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel (Deutsche Welle)

    Q&A: Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (Macleans)

    Flogging of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia ‘vicious act of cruelty’ (Amnesty)

    Saudi blogger Raif Badawi gets 10 year jail sentence (BBC)


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