Thursday, 13 August 2015

Raif Badawi's Case Being Re-Evaluated By Saudi Supreme Court

Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. (source)
The Independent and a number of other news outlets are reporting that imprisoned Saudi human rights activist blogger Raif Badawi's case has returned to the Supreme Court a second time for another review.
Mr Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar said she had been informed of the development by a senior source in the Saudi Ministry of Justice. The blogger’s family said they were hopeful that the move by the kingdom’s highest court is a “good signal” that his sentence is under reconsideration.
However, the whole process is shrouded with secrecy and so Ensaf is really unsure whether the sentence will be decreased, increased or changed at all. The last time his case was reconsidered by a court, his sentence was increased substantially. So the track record isn't good.
“I cannot say that this is good news, just that I hope it is a good sign. I expect that the flogging could still happen at any time, especially as the court could confirm the verdict then return for more deliberation, and all of this is done in complete secrecy. We do not know even on what basis the court is making its decisions.”
Meanwhile, international pressure has continued unabated and the Saudis have been feeling it. On August 10th, Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir was forced to reiterate that the country's judiciary would not be interfered with.

Here's hoping that things get better, because when it comes to Saudi Arabia harsh unwarranted punishments, things do seem to always be able to get worse.

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