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…