Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 600 Lashes and Seven Years in Prison

Saudi-Editor-Raif-Badawi-620x513Saudi Arabia has sentenced blogger Raif Badawi to 600 lashes and seven years in prison for running a blog that the state says undermined the security of the country. He actually got off easy, if you can believe it:

Via BBC:

Mr Badawi was originally charged with apostasy, or abandonment of religion, a crime in Saudi Arabia that carries with it the death penalty.

Lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair told the BBC that Mr Badawi, a father of three, had confirmed in court that he was a Muslim but told the judge “everyone has a choice to believe or not believe.”

He was convicted of the charges of setting up a website that undermines general security and of ridiculing religious figures.

The judge ordered that the 600 lashes be administered 150 at a time.

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  • Hadrian999

    I’d be surprised if he survives the lashes

    • Eric_D_Read

      That is a ridiculous amount per sitting.

      • Sean

        pretty sure a single lash is a ridiculous amount.

        • Eric_D_Read

          An argument has been made that lashing or caning is more humane than prison.
          If it were a choice between being whipped or put in prison, I’d chose the lash.

          • releasethedogs

            You know people who receive lashes and canings usually experience life-long pain afterwards. These punishments damage the tissue so much it just grows back as psudo-scar tissue.

    • Anarchy Pony

      That was my first thought… He’d probably bleed out.

      • Hadrian999

        bleeding, infection, shock…..take your pick

  • Scott Preavy

    What do you think they use for the lashes, like a straight up bullwhip? I agree, it definitely seems as though they’ve sentenced the poor guy to death.

    Anyone else think he looks like Arabic Loki though?

    • The Well Dressed Man

      a singletail whip can deliver a variety of results from less than a welt to significant cuts. some folks pay good money for those skills. i imagine that the putative whippings are considerably less nuanced, and are not at the hands of exotic beauties in shiny rubber catsuits.

      • I_abide

        So you’re saying I should cancel my ticket to Saudi Arabia? That sucks, I thought I just stumbled on a cheap alternative.

        • The Well Dressed Man

          Even if I fancied hours of Sharia-level beating by a first-class Domme, I think I’d spend less than that sort of airfare.

    • Eric_D_Read
  • Juan

    Saudi Arabia, another brutal puppet regime of the Empire.
    Poor bastard:(

  • Len

    Google some images of the last two presidents with the Saudi King: Too bad this country has to be such a whore for oil.