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Saudi Arabian authorities should quash an outrageous sentencing for a man accused of “insulting Islam.”

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Saudi Arabian authorities should quash an outrageous sentencing for a man accused of “insulting Islam.”

WSJ, May 7, 2014

From Amnesty International online, May 7:

Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia’s authorities to quash the outrageous sentencing today of Raif Badawi in connection with an online forum for public debate he set up and accusations that he insulted Islam.

Raif Badawi, co-founder of the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals (about US$266,631) . . .

Badawi was first jailed in 2012 . . . He was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

Last December, an appeals court overturned his conviction and sent the case to Jeddah’s Criminal Court to be reviewed.

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