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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14 Comments on "Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 600 Lashes and Seven Years in Prison"

  1. Hadrian999 | Jul 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm |

    I’d be surprised if he survives the lashes

    • Eric_D_Read | Jul 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm |

      That is a ridiculous amount per sitting.

      • pretty sure a single lash is a ridiculous amount.

        • Eric_D_Read | Aug 1, 2013 at 9:38 am |

          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 | Aug 1, 2013 at 10:44 am |

            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 | Jul 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm |

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

  2. Scott Preavy | Jul 31, 2013 at 7:06 pm |

    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?

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

  4. Google some images of the last two presidents with the Saudi King: http://tinyurl.com/ohd2673. Too bad this country has to be such a whore for oil.

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