This article is published by Deutsche Welle. Here is an excerpt:
Badawi, now 38, is a founder of a Free Saudi Liberals website, a forum aimed at fostering debate about his native Saudi Arabia and discuss the separation of religion and the state. He was detained in 2012, and eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison for “insulting Islam,” cybercrime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in the conservative kingdom.
He was also sentenced to 1,000 lashes and fined 1 million Saudi riyals (€224,000/$266,000). He was publicly flogged in 2015, receiving 50 lashes, but further lashings were suspended following international outcry. The country eventually banned flogging as a punishment in 2020. Badawi’s prison term expired in February.
The blogger’s sister, Samar Badawi, was detained in July 2018 on suspicion of harming state interests. She was released in 2021.
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