Blogger Badawi too weak to face second 50 lashes
Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, has not recovered sufficiently from the 50 lashes he suffered last week, causing Saudi authorities to postpone the second set of floggings, which were to take place at 50 lashes a week.
Severe criticism of the sentence has come from international human rights organisations such as Amnesty International, which said it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
Amnesty said the prison doctor did not allow today’s flogging to take place because the wounds from last week had not healed sufficiently and Badawi would not be able to withstand more.
A member of the Jordanian royal family, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has appealed to the King of Saudi Arabia to pardon Badawi. He said the flogging was prohibited under international human rights law, “in particular the convention against torture, which Saudi Arabia has ratified”.