Raif Badawi, jailed Saudi blogger, has flogging delayed again
Amnesty International says Badawi's illness is reason behind repeated delays
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was spared his 50 weekly lashes once again, according to Amnesty International.
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Badawi, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes — 50 every Friday — for criticizing the Saudi regime and insulting Islam.
He received his first 50 lashes on Jan. 9. However, his second and third punishments were delayed for medical reasons.
The fourth, scheduled for today, has also been delayed according to the international human rights organization.
His wife Ensaf Haidar, now a refugee living in Sherbrooke, Que., said that Badawi can’t endure another flogging.
She joined an all-party coalition of MPs on Parliament Hill on Thursday urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene personally with the Saudis.
They want the prime minister to personally push for the release of Badawi.
"Raif's health condition is getting worse and worse," Haidar said through a translator during a press conference on Parliament Hill yesterday.
With files from The Canadian Press