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Editor jailed for seven years and sentenced to 600 LASHES after starting 'Free Saudi Liberals' website

  • Raif Badawi was accused of cyber crime and disobeying his father
  • He Set up the website Free Saudi Liberals to disclose role of religion
  • Judge also ordered that the site should be closed down

-The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.

Raif Badawi, who started the 'Free Saudi Liberals' website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally.

Al-Watan newspaper said the judge had also ordered the closure of the website.

France was concerned by the sentence and remained committed

Added: Jul-30-2013 Occurred On: Jul-30-2013
By: LadyWhitt
Other Middle East
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Lashes, bloggers, freedom of speech, Sharia
Location: Saudi Arabia (load item map)
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