Islamic blogger gets first 50 of 1000 lashes

Some people think I’m some kind of hero.  And sure, in the face of some events it may occasionally appear that way.  But when you see what this blogger went through for his freedom of expression, and what he still has to go through, unfortunately, it hardly compares.


A Saudi blogger will be publicly flogged [today] as part of his 10-year jail term for ‘ridiculing Islamic religious figures’.

Raif Badawi, who co-founded the Free Saudi Liberals website, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and a decade in prison for insulting Islam on his online forum.

His corporal punishment will be carried out after … prayers, outside the Al-Juffali mosque in Jiddah, which has earned the grisly nickname ‘Chop Chop Square’ as the site of executions.

I do have to wonder what would have happened had a Labour/Green government got their hands on the Dirty Politics process.  Would I be in jail now for acting legally, albeit against their interests?   

The online activist was found guilty of cyber-crime in May last year and ordered by the Jiddah Criminal Court to pay a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals, or about [$350,000].

He was also charged with apostasy, which carries the death penalty in the Saudi Kingdom, but he was cleared of this crime in 2013.

Badawi called his family from prison and informed them of the flogging, according to the Associated Press.

Amnesty International said Badawi would receive 50 lashes on Friday and the rest of the sentence would be carried out over a period of 50 weeks.

Fifty lashes are brutal.   You need at least a week to heal sufficiently to cope with the next fifty.

All this sends a continuous and chilling message:   Freedom is not welcome to Islam.

Badawi was originally sentenced in 2013 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes, but after an appeal, the judge stiffened the punishment.

Following his arrest, his wife and children left the kingdom for Canada.

Badawi’s lawyer Waleed Abul-Khair was sentenced in July to 15 years imprisonment and barred from traveling for another 15 years after being found guilty by an anti-terrorism court of ‘undermining the regime and officials,’ ”inciting public opinion’ and ‘insulting the judiciary.’

Saudi Arabia’s legal code follows Sharia Muslim law.

Charming.   They locked his lawyer up for trying to do a good job.

This is Islam in all its glory.

The Religion of Peace.

Or else.

– Mail Online


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  • Cadwallader

    The murdering thugs shot in France got off lightly really. It is becoming increasingly difficult to live with the knowledge that 2 billion of our fellow human-beings live within this stone age filth.

    • Wheninrome

      multiplying faster than us and as I write.

      • Cadwallader

        On 24th of this month it will be the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. We need him now! (Throw in Donald Rumsfeld too please!)

        • Disinfectant

          They were men of their time who stepped up to the mark.
          This is yours, mine and everyone else’s time who wants to uphold free speech to step up to the mark.

  • JKV

    This is absolutely horrific. That poor man left to rot in prison. I expect Minto and co to be along soon to protest this revolting punishment.

    • Cadwallader

      Another thought: It is one thing for a stupid Sharia judge to impose the sentences, but what about the vicious creeps who carry out the sentences? What is it in them which has come to deprive them of their humanity? Writing on this blog today I have most likely earned a million good floggings! Cam must be off the radar in that regard!

      • The Accountant

        They would be the next to be dragged to the flogging ground if they didn’t toe the line with the regime.

    • Cadwallader

      It is not that many summers ago when Minto was down at the AKL tennis screaming abuse at a young Israeli girl with his infamous megaphone. He is a hypocritical bully who at that time was dedicated to drawing attention to the plight of those in the Gaza Strip. He must have moved on to a fresh cause and “atrocity.”

      • Albert Lane

        I hope he’s not standing outside the front door of your house with his faithful team of left-wing bigots, to protest your right to criticise him.

  • Nige.

    1000 lashes is just incompredable to me.

    Is this the islamic version of ‘room 101’?

    It only proves one thing. Intolerance. Totalitarianism……religious Paranoia.

    • Cadwallader

      The vile creep doing the flogging must get home at night to his seven 12 year old wives (or perhaps twelve 7 year old wives) and bellyache that his arm is killing him after standing in the heat of the sun administering the necessary penalty for apostasy. I simply can’t get my head around this barbarism hence the attempt at sad humour.

  • Rex

    Barbaric religion.

  • Cadwallader

    I have just watched Ann Barnhardt on You Tube. She addresses portions of the Koran by first using strips of bacon to bookmark them. Her message becomes a trifle repetitive after awhile but it seems to be heartfelt and scathing towards Islam.

  • caochladh

    Well, the HRC doesn’t consider this wretched fellow’s “human rights” have been violated, because on 27 June 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between OHCHR and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Saudi Human Rights Commission.

    • peterwn

      The likes of Robert Mubabe have made it quite clear that foreigners must not meddle in the internal affairs of sovereign states – but it seems New Zealand is m major exception to this ‘rule’ considering all those disaffected people in NZ who go screaming off to the UN complaining about this, that and the other.

  • Bombastic

    Can you hear the howls of outrage from the UN? Oh, I see, for a moment there I thought I might be in need of a hearing aid.

  • dgrogan

    OK. So this is MODERATE Islam, as opposed to RADICAL Islam.
    Have I got this right? Barbaric, ignorant savages, the lot of them.

  • Kevin

    Thing is people who criticise Islam are a very real threat to it because it markets itself as the direct word of God and therefore infallible. Islam wouldn’t be so sensitive if it would just admit it can be wrong (but then it wouldn’t be Islam)

  • Sir Brucey

    And the Saudis and the Americans are best of mates. How America can hop into bed with these Barbarians who are also financing the terror unleashed against the West is beyond me. The World is indeed a very strange place.

    • Jas


  • Albert Lane

    It’s time for the West to boycott Saudi Arabia. It funds terrorism. It denies human rights, especially to women. It does not allow the construction of any non-muslim place of prayer. It’s time for them to go.

  • Sweet Lips.

    This really sums it up for me and I m sure for many others who now see these laws used, I can understand the blogger being flogged ( not really) because he knew he would get dealt 2, but the lawyer doing his job? And Pete said your not allowed to swear!!!!