CIP January 8, 2015
The Center for Islamic Pluralism protests against news that the Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi will receive the first 50 lashes of a 1,000-lash sentence on Friday, January 9, 2015, in the kingdom’s commercial capital, Jeddah.
Badawi, as reported in the London Guardian, operated an online forum, Free Saudi Liberals. Badawi was arrested in June 2012 and, according to Reuters, charged with a range of alleged offenses, from disobedience to his father to cyber crime and apostasy, or abandoning the faith of Islam.
He was found guilty originally and sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. CIP reported on Badawi’s case in 2013, stating then, “We pray that reform elements in the Saudi leadership will show mercy by vacating the sentence against Badawi.”