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Swedish protest against flogging of Saudi blogger

Published lördag 17 januari 2015 kl 11.14
Raif Badawi
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to flogging for "insulting Islam". Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Sweden will be summoned to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to receive an official protest against the treatment of blogger Raif Badawi.

Badawi, a blogger who also founded a network of women’s rights activists, was sentenced to flogging for "insulting Islam". Newspaper Dagens Nyheter has learnt that the Saudi ambassador to Sweden will be summoned to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm on Monday.

However, according to the BBC, Badawi’s case has now been referred to the Supreme Court by the king's office in Saudi Arabia.

Badawi’s wife said the referral, made before her husband was flogged 50 times last Friday, gave him hope that officials would end his punishment. A second round of lashings was postponed for medical reasons, the BBC reported.

The punishment of Badawi, who was fined and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison, caused international outcry, with protesters demanding his immediate release.

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