Online activism in Saudi Arabia could cause 1000 lashes on your back

Riaf Badawi

JEDDAH – The Saudi authorities have punished one online activist and liberal writer Raif Badawi in ten years prison with 1,000 lashes for allegedly ridiculing the Saudi Arabian royals and their policies.

According to the international corespondent reports, Raif was given outrageous sentencing for being a critique of Saudi Arabian policies on his online form for pubic debate.

Raif Badawi co-found of the ‘Saudi Arabian Liberals’ a website was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals (about US$266,631) by Jeddah’s Criminal Court.

Raif Badawi was first jailed in 2012 for violating Saudi Arabia’s IT law and insulting religious authorities through his online writings and hosting those of others on the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

Last December, an appeals court overturned his conviction and sent the case to Jeddah’s Criminal Court to be reviewed. He had initially been charged with “apostasy”, which is considered a serious crime in Saudi Arabia and carries the death penalty.

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