Saudi Arabia: Supreme Court confirms sentence of editor Raif Badawi
June 12, Riyadh: The Saudi Supreme Court confirmed the sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes imposed on editor Raif (or Raef) Badawi after conviction of “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website on 7 June 2015.” The 7 June 2015 decision of the Supreme Court is final.
Badawi received the first 50 of 1,000 lashes in January 2015, however all subsequent sessions scheduled to take place weekly have been postponed. PEN International continues to call for Badawi’s conviction to be overturned and for him to be released immediately and unconditionally and for his sentence of flogging to be halted immediately, as it violates the absolute prohibition in international law against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
PEN International also reiterates its call for the release of Badawi’s lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence in connection with his peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.
The Oslo Times