HE IS brought before the crowd and whipped relentlessly 50 times with a long, hard cane. But his wounds won’t have healed by the time Raif Badawi is due to be brought back to the same site tomorrow where he will endure the horrific punishment all over again - as he will every Friday for the next five months. The father-of-three’s crime may seem innocent enough to most, but according to Saudi authorities Badawi, who set up a website for public debate, he insulted Islam. The blogger, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for setting up the Saudi Arabian Liberals website, was publicly flogged last week after Friday prayers when he was lashed 50 times outside al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. One eyewitness told human rights organisation Amnesty International that Badawi was lashed on his back and legs without any break for at least five minutes. “Raif was escorted from a bus and placed in the middle of the crowd, guarded by eight or nine officers,” the witness said. “He was handcuffed and shackled but his face was not covered — everyone could see his face.