Blogger in Saudi Arabia is flogged 50 times while shackled in chains outside mosque in first round of punishment for ‘insulting Islam’

A whip, a leather strap or a long cane may be used to carry out floggings in Saudi Arabia (Illustrative photo)

A Saudi blogger underwent the first round of 50 lashes in public while shackled in chains for ‘ridiculing Islamic religious figures’.

Raif Badawi, who co-founded the Free Saudi Liberals website, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and a decade in prison for insulting Islam on his online forum.

The start of his corporal punishment began after prayers today outside the Al-Juffali mosque in the city of Jiddah, which has earned the grisly nickname ‘Chop Chop Square’ as the site of executions…

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Methodists and Catholics do the exact same thing.
    Oh, no… wait a second!

  • suzanne

    Cartoonists have it much worse.

    • In France at any rate.

      • Xavier

        Everywhere, soon. Laws will change because of Paris, and not for the better.

  • barryjr

    Congratulations you scooped our national news source.

  • mauser 98

    ………………………………….we were always at war with Eastasia

    “Saudi Arabia beheaded 26 people in August, more
    than in the first seven months of the year combined. The total for the
    year now stands at 59, compared to 69 for all of last year, according to
    Human Rights Watch.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/20/us-saudi-execution-idUSKCN0I91G220141020

  • Clausewitz

    I was once offered a job as a principal at an SA school. So glad I turned them down.

  • John

    Why the fuck is Saudi Arabia considered our ally? If Iran were far less anti-Israel, it would be interesting to let them have a go at the Saudis