Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was convicted of insulting Islam, has been on a hunger strike since Tuesday.
By Ben Ariel

First Publish: 12/11/2015, 2:14 AM


Demonstration for the release of Raif Badawi

Demonstration for the release of Raif Badawi

Imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been on a hunger strike since Tuesday after being transferred to a “new isolated” prison, his wife said on Thursday, according to the Reuters news agency.

Haidar, who lives in Canada where she and their three children were granted political asylum, confirmed the news by phone after tweeting it.

Badawi is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted of insulting Islam and breaking Saudi Arabia’s technology laws with his liberal blog. He also was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, spread over 20 instalments, and fined $266,000.

In June, Saudi Arabia’s supreme court upheld the sentence against Badawi, who ran a website called Free Saudi Liberals and has been in custody since 2012.

Western governments have condemned Badawi’s treatment, and rights groups including Amnesty International have campaigned for his release. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom accused Saudi Arabia of handing a “medieval” punishment to Badawi.

full story atArutz Sheva