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Tags: saudi | blogger | flog | delay

Saudi Authorities Delay Flogging of Blogger for Third Week

Friday, 30 January 2015 10:44 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A leading rights group says authorities in Saudi Arabia have delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment.

Amnesty International spokeswoman Sara Hashash says the London-based rights group confirmed that Friday's planned flogging of 31-year-old Raif Badawi did not take place, but it was unclear why. Amnesty has followed Badawi's case closely and is campaigning for his release.

Badawi's public flogging Jan. 9 in Jiddah attracted international condemnation. He was scheduled to receive 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, but his floggings have now been postponed for the past three weeks.

Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, lives as a refugee in Quebec, Canada. She said Thursday her husband cannot endure another flogging.

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