Saudi Blogger May Now Get Death Sentence - Politics OK

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    Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes may now face death penalty
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    Raif Badawi, a Saudi website founder and blogger. Badawi-- who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for criticizing Islam-- may now face the death penalty. (Courtesy of Amnesty International)

    The Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for criticizing Islam may now face the death penalty.

    Raif Badawi, 31, has been in a Saudi prison since last May after criticizing Saudi Arabia's powerful clerics on his liberal blog. His case has received international attention after he was flogged in a public square 50 times and scheduled to receive 50 lashes each week for 20 weeks.

    But pressure from human rights groups and many Western governments may have influenced the Saudis to postpone the lashes, as he has only been flogged once since receiving his sentence.

    Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told London’s The Independent newspaper that the judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal court now want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would be sentenced to death.

    The “dangerous information” had come from “official sources” inside the kingdom, Haidar said in a series of messages.

    Badawi was arrested in 2012, but in 2013 a judge threw out the charge of apostasy against him after he persuaded the court that he was a Muslim. The evidence used against him during his trial included the fact that he pressed the “Like” button on a Facebook page for Arab Christians.

    In addition to his sentence, Badawi was ordered to pay a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,000).

    Following his arrest, his wife and children fled the kingdom for Canada. His family and supporters had hoped that international pressure would prompt Saudia Arabia to reduce his sentence.

    The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, said in a January statement that flogging is "at the very least, a form of cruel and inhuman punishment" prohibited under international human rights law. He appealed to the king to halt the public flogging by pardoning Badawi "and to urgently review this type of extraordinarily harsh penalty."

    The U.S. made a rare diplomatic decision to publicly call on Saudi Arabia, an important U.S. ally, to rescind the sentencing, with U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urging Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment."

    “The United States strongly opposes laws, including apostasy laws, that restrict the exercise of these freedoms, and urges all countries to uphold these rights in practice,” Psaki said in January.

    Saudi Arabia enforces a strict version of Islamic law and does not tolerate political dissent. It has some of the highest social media usage rates in the region, and has cracked down on domestic online criticism, imposing harsh punishments.

    Amnesty has an online petition calling for Badawi's release. Johnson also urged Americans to contact their representatives in Congress, as well as the White House, to press the U.S. government to demand Badawi's freedom.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
     
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    But, it's a religion of peace.
     
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    Death for criticizing Allah? An imaginary teddy bear who rides a horse in the sky? What a world. No problem having faith anf religion if it makes you feel better and live a better life. But killing over it?

    So if I prayed and worshiped a Teddy Ruxtpin and killed for him, I would be deemed insane and thrown in a jail/mental institution? Amazing
     
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    50 lashes at a time for weeks? So no real time to heal. Vicious and cruel. Barbaric and ridiculous. All that suffering for no reason. Fuckers.
     
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    It's cool - we're friends with them
     
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    Guys, be like Hillary and learn to evolve.

    ...."This is what we call smart power," Hillary Clinton said to a small audience at Georgetown. "Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change -- change the prospects for peace."
     
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    Exactly. Theyre savages living in another century, but theyre our savages. Just like the mujaheddin...:cheer2:
     
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    Yeah, these fucks are our allies.
     
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    Sounds good to me.
    I may have to vote for her.
     
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    Wonder how long until we hear that an islamic court in an islamic country dispensing islamic law is not truly "islamic".
     
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    It's better to fund terrorists and barbarians in the Middle East than to possibly hurt a stray caribou drilling for oil in the ANWR :grad:
     
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    I don't know how to make a link but there is a big article in the WAPO today about Saudi prisons. The government pays for all the families expenses while the convict is in prison. They provide housing, food, clothing school and transportation to the prisons for visits. Even for foreign prisoners families.They have special suites for conjugal visits that last as long as 5 hours in elegant rooms with food served. Sounds great except for the head chopping off thing.
     
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    Um.....we are an oil producing country now. We sell to other countries not buy oil from them.
    Get current!
     
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    Negged.
     
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    Simce the saudies have been our allies since just after WW2, I blame Obamas parents!
     
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    Thanks Twiggy and Darth
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    1. we've propped up the saudi regime for a long time,

    and more importantly,

    2. we still import millions of barrels of oil/day from the saudis

    oops!
     
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    bet u had to look a helluva lot harder to find that image than I did LOL
     
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