Ottawa Citizen

Saudi blogger spared flogging

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Saudi Arabia postponed a planned flogging of blogger Raif Badawi for a fifth consecutiv­e week, Amnesty Internatio­nal said Friday. Badawi, who was spared lashes for unknown reasons, is serving 10 years in prison and was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for blog posts criticizin­g Saudi Arabia’s clerics. The first 50 lashes were delivered on Jan. 9 and Amnesty said none has taken place since then. Some were postponed for medical reasons.

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