|Born|| January 13, 9184 |
Khobar, Saudi Arabia
|Spouse||Ensaf Haidar (wife)|
Raif Badawi (Arabic: رائف بدوي, others translations Raef Badawi) is a Saudi blogger, writer, activist, and political dissident, most well know his arrest in 2012 on the charges of "insulting Islam through electronic channels" on his blog, Free Saudi Liberals. Along with the charges of "insulting Islam" was apostasy, which carries the automatic death penalty in Saudi Arabia. After the first trial in 2013 he was sentenced to 600 lashes, to be delivered fifty at a time weekly, and seven years in prison. In 2014 after an appeal the sentence was increased to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He received the first 50 lashes on January 9, 2015. Badawi was supposed to be flogged every two weeks after that but has not due to his poor health; his wife Ensaf Haidar noted that he suffers from hypertension and further flogging could kill him. Badawi insists he is a practicing Muslim despite apostasy charges.
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- Saudi Arabia - Laws Criminalizing Apostasy Library of Congress (May 2014)
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- Raif Badawi granted Quebec immigration selection certificate
- "Saudi blogger receives first 50 lashes of sentence for 'insulting Islam'", Guardian, 10 January 2015. Retrieved on 2017-03-04.