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50 Lashes A Week For 20 Weeks And 10 Years In Jail

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30856403

The case of a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes has been referred to the Supreme Court by the king's office, the BBC has learned.

Blogger Raif Badawi's wife said the referral, made before he 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 punishment of Badawi, who was also fined and sentenced to 10 years in prison, caused international outcry.

Badawi established Liberal Saudi Network, a now-closed online forum that sought to encourage debate on religious and political matters in Saudi Arabia in 2008.

Not sure how you could give someone 50 lashes per week as surely after 2 or 3 weeks it would just be impossible to administer.

Although it appears a Dr has said the wounds hadn't healed enough.

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Yeah, but think of the crime :- Saudi media reported that Raif Badawi had been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that "violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought".

Drawing a cartoon gets you killed.

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Yes, I know the source, but I'm not surprised by this behaviour...poor buggers (pardon the pun)...pushed off a tall building, just by being accused of being gay..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2913733/Thrown-roof-stoned-death-crucified-world-reacts-horror-terror-Europe-new-ISIS-executions-medieval-brutality-jihadists-bring-West.html

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http://republic.org.uk/what-we-do/news-and-updates/prince-charles-must-condemn-saudi-flogging-say-campaigners

Campaign group Republic has today called on Prince Charles to condemn the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and distance himself from the Saudi royals.

Republic has previously accused Charles of hypocrisy when he has spoken out on human rights abuses in Iraq and China while maintaining close personal friendships with the Saudi royals.
Graham Smith, Republic's CEO, said today:
"Prince Charles is personal friends with the dictators of Saudi Arabia, people who are willing to use torture and human rights abuses to silence critics and stifle opposition."
"Charles has been ready and willing to speak out on human rights abuses in Iraq, yet remains silent when those abuses are perpetrated by royal friends."
"The flogging of a man for doing no more than speaking his mind is barbaric, and anyone responsible for such an action should be condemned."
"Those who choose to remain friends with dictators capable of such inhumane actions, and who choose not to speak up when they have the opportunity to do so, must also be called to account. On this occasion silence is not an option for Charles - not least because he is closely associated with the perpetrators of this grotesque punishment."
"If Prince Charles - who has a long record of selectively speaking out on human rights issues - refuses to speak out on this issue then we can only conclude that he either supports the flogging or simply puts his personal friendships with Saudi dictators above the interests of innocent victims."
"Charles cannot hide behind the excuse of doing the government's bidding - he has taken a stance against the Chinese government in the past, yet remains close to the Saudi despots."
"Charles's continued silence on the matter - given his close connections with the Saudi royals - raises serious questions about his judgement, values and fitness to be king."
"This is a common theme for the royal family, with Andrew having personal and business relationships with a number of dictators, while the Queen invited a host of murderous leaders to dinner in 2012."
"These relationships and royal silence on these issues raises serious doubts about the judgement and values of the Windsor family."
- See more at: http://republic.org.uk/what-we-do/news-and-updates/prince-charles-must-condemn-saudi-flogging-say-campaigners#sthash.D9TJr2L3.dpuf

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Arguably the sole remaining use of a monarchy is to maintain diplomatic relationships with other countries, keeping dialogue open, even with tyrants.

Charles has no mandate from the voter to speak publicly against China or Saudi Arabia. Maybe he should either criticise behind closed doors, or STFU.

It's the Government's role to put pressure on other Governments, if the British public so wishes.

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"Arguably the sole remaining use of a monarchy is to maintain diplomatic relationships with other countries, keeping dialogue open, even with tyrants." - I agree, if we have to have these free loading bums, at least we can get something out of them.

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Yeah, but think of the crime :- Saudi media reported that Raif Badawi had been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that "violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought".

A cynic might think TPTB would rejoice a muslim world!

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A cynic might think TPTB would rejoice a muslim world!

That's why the tree of liberty has to be refreshed every so often with the blood of patriots.

It's the same in every country - the elites get away with what they can get away with without causing too much outrage.

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