Popular Blogger Flogged Openly, Gets Jail Term & Ordered To Pay Fine For ‘Insulting Islam’ [SEE PHOTO]

A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly
flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and
insulting Islam, BBC reports.
Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes
and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times.
The flogging will be carried out weekly,
campaigners say.
Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned
website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was
arrested in 2012. Rights groups condemned his
conviction and the US appealed for clemency.
On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen
Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to “cancel this
brutal punishment” and to review his case.
In addition to his sentence, Mr Badawi was
ordered to pay a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,000;
£175,000).
In 2013 he was cleared of apostasy, which could
have carried a death sentence.
Last year Mr Badawi’s lawyer was sentenced to 15
years in prison after being found guilty of a range
of offences in an anti-terrorism court, the
Associated Press news agency reported.
The flogging took place outside a mosque in the
Red Sea city of Jeddah after Friday prayers,
witnesses said.
AFP news agency, quoting people at the scene,
said Mr Badawi arrived at the mosque in a police
car and had the charges read out to him in front
of a crowd.
He was then made to stand with his back to
onlookers and whipped, though he remained
silent, the witnesses said.

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