Wife of Saudi Blogger Reports That He Will be Flogged

The wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi believes his flogging sentence is expected to resume soon and is imploring the incoming Canadian government to help her husband come to Canada.

A source she trusts has told her the lashes are set to resume, without specifying exactly when, Ensaf Haidar said in an interview from her home in Sherbrooke, Que., on Wednesday.

Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for criticizing Saudi Arabian clerics on his website. He is also facing a hefty fine.

The flogging has been suspended since an initial 50 lashes in January due apparently to health concerns and undisclosed reasons.

In a blog item posted this week to the Raif Badawi Foundation website, Haidar wrote a Saudi source said the flogging will be administered inside the prison, adding the same source had warned her about the first 50 lashes before they took place on Jan. 9, 2015.

“I don’t exactly know when it will happen,” Haidar said in a phone interview. “The person called me to say Saudi Arabia would restart the lashing, but I don’t know whether it will be this Friday or next.”

Haidar is imploring Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau to take up her husband’s case. Trudeau has previously voiced his support.

(Sidebar: sorry, Mrs. Haidar, but that will never happen.)

  • ntt1

    I had cause to visit the Canadian government offices in Bangkok some years back to see about replacing a lost document. it was straight forward . but what struck me was the overheard explanation of just how little our government could do ,in this case with someones buddy busted for drugs. the staffers were very sympathetic but quite firm in how limited they were. I kept running into Americans who breezily told me they were protected by their constitution no matter where in the world they went. Over the years i have wondered just how disappointed those starry travellers must have been on finding the truth.

  • HalcyonDaze

    I just don’t get it. They live in in a country locked into the 13th century, yet they’re surprised and dismayed when their use of 21st century technology gets them into big trouble?
    Here’s a hint. If you want to insult the child raping, goat humping, wife beating purveyors of Islam you should first move to a 21st century country where, it isn’t going to get you tortured and or killed………………………..yet..