Saudi Arabia, a place where one can still visit the seventh century and not be in a museum.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has postponed Friday’s public flogging of activist and blogger Raif Badawi on medical grounds, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Badawi was subjected to the first 50 lashes a week ago and was due to be flogged again after Friday prayers, although Saudi authorities had come under Western pressure to call off the punishment.
Political stakes over Badawi’s case, which included a charge of insulting Islam, have been heightened by the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper and its subsequent publication of more cartoons lampooning Islam’s Prophet Mohammad.
Rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a statement that a medical examination found that Badawi’s earlier “wounds had not yet healed properly and that he would not be able to withstand another round of lashes at this time.”