Saudi Arabia (9th January, 2015): A blogger cum social activist Raef Badawi from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been punished after he was sentenced10 years behind bars and 1000 lashes. The blogger will be facing 50 lashes per week for 50 weeks. He was found insulting Islam by the Saudi Authorities.
The Amnesty International condemning his punishment as a “vicious act of cruelty”.
The blogger is in prison since 2012. Raef Badawi is 30 years of age and have winner of a number of awards. He was captured by the Saudi authorities in June 2012 after his website reportedly criticized religious figures of the country.
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has condemned, saying following on her twitter account:
“Blogger Raef Badawi was flogged today in Saudi Arabia. This cruel attempt to silence modern forms of expression has to be stopped.”
Badawi was flogged in the presence o a number of people near Al-Jafali mosque on Friday after Juma prayers. The mosque is located Jeddah. A Saudi government officer read the allegations on him in front of the crowd and then he was beaten.
The authority prohibited taking pictures and recording video of the event.