While the fate of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (below) is still up in the air — he received 50 lashes of a 1,000-lashes punishment for “insulting Islam,” though the flogging has been indefinitely delayed — it looks like things may be getting worse for him.
Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told The Independent in a series of messages that judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal court want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would face a death sentence.
She said the “dangerous information” had come from “official sources” inside the conservative kingdom…
Furthermore, Badawi may appear in front of the same judge who sentenced him to 1,000 lashes to begin with:
This judge is biased against raif. He has twice requested that Raif be charged with ‘apostasy’. His request was declined at the time on the ground that the penal court has no jurisdiction on cases that lead to death penalty. However, due to a new regulation issued by the Supreme Judicial Council on 19.09.2014, the Penal court has now jurisdiction over major cases, which are punishable by the death penalty, amputation and stoning.
The options are limited. But if there’s anything we can do other than keep this issue in the limelight in the hopes that some government officials might take action, I’ll be sure to let you know.