Saudi blogger Raif Badawi may face death penalty for insulting Islam

Raif BadawiSaudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi is currently serving 7 year prison sentence which he was sentenced for insulting Islam. Like that was not enough, they are considering making the case appear in a higher court on graver charges of Apostasy which could gte him death sentence. The graver charges was recommended by a Saudi judge according to Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar. Obviously the news has caused an uproar in Social media and several activists are supporting him via different social media platforms.

Raif Badawi is the founder of an online forum known as Free Saudi Liberals which was created in 2008 to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia. Badawi was accused of insulting Islam the same year the site was started. The blogger had to move from the country to escape the arrest. But when the case was dropped after sometime, he went back but eventually jailed in 2012. In July 2012, a criminal court found him guilty and sentenced to 600 lashes and 7 years in prison.

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