Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi's sentence of 1,000 lashings suspended: Swiss government

Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi's sentence of 1,000 lashings suspended: Swiss government

Raif Badawi is having his sentence of 1,000 lashings suspended, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs told newspaper La Liberté.

Raif Badawi was sentenced at the end of 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashings in Saudi Arabia for apostasy. He received his first 50 lashings in January but has been spared further lashings since.

His writing online advocated for secularism in the kingdom.

“A pardon is now underway thanks to the head of state, the king Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud,” State Secretary Yves Rossier told the Swiss newspaper.

Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, currently lives in Sherbrooke with their children.

The blogger’s sentence has prompted international condemnation, including from the Quebec government. Amnesty International has been lobbying for his release.

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