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Saudi Arabia Delays Blogger's Lashes Again

Raif Badawi's wife: He can't endure more
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2015 11:22 AM CST
A protester holds a placard outside the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London, Friday Jan. 23, 2015, during a demonstration against the planned flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.   (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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(Newser) – Amnesty International says authorities in Saudi Arabia have delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment. An AI rep says the London-based rights group confirmed today's planned flogging of 31-year-old Raif Badawi did not take place, but it was unclear why. Amnesty has followed Badawi's case closely and is campaigning for his release.

Badawi's public flogging Jan. 9 in Jiddah attracted international condemnation. He was scheduled to receive 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, but his floggings have now been postponed for the past three weeks. Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, lives as a refugee in Quebec, Canada. She said yesterday her husband cannot endure another flogging. Click to read more on the case. (Read more Raif Badawi stories.)

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