Saudi Arabia postpones 1,000 lashes sentence for blogger

Saudi authorities have postponed the flogging of a liberal activist and writer whose sentence to 1,000 lashes had been condemned round the world, Amnesty International has said.

Raif Badawi, who criticised the Saudi religious establishment on his blog, was due to receive the second of 20 batches of 50 lashings each after Friday prayers.

Shortly before it was due to be administered, in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Amnesty said it had been told the flogging had been postponed “for medical reasons”.