U.S. Senators Condemn Flogging Of Saudi Blogger In Letter To King Abdullah

Jan 20th, 2015 | By | Category: News Posts

Further repression of dissidents in the kingdom may endanger Saudi-US ties, senators warn

Eight senior US senators have sent a letter to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, decrying the harsh sentence imposed on progressive Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes, which are to be carried out in installments of 50 lashes across 20 weeks.

Badawi received the first 50 lashes a week and a half ago, and was set to receive another 50 last Friday, however the punishment was postponed following a medical examination.

The senators, six Democrats and two Republicans, including Marco Rubio, who is considered by some to be a possible contender in the upcoming Republican primaries for the 2016 presidential elections, called the public floggings “barbaric” and noted that the harsh repression of political dissidents in the Gulf kingdom may put Saudi-US relations at stake.

“Any further violence or criminal proceedings against Saudi citizens exercising nonviolent freedoms of speech and religion will unfortunately be a source of continued divergence between our countries,” the letter said.

The public flogging of Badawi, who has been behind bars since 2012 for publishing a now-banned blog called Saudi Liberal Network, which criticized clerics and the country’s notorious religious police, has sparked an international outcry and a campaign by Amnesty International and other rights groups to free him.

Badawi has been officially charged with insulting Islam.

From i24News.tv. Read more at Fox News: US senators urge Saudi Arabia to halt ‘barbaric’ flogging of blogger.

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