Saudi Arabian Government: The Media and International Groups Should Stop Interfering in the Raif Badawi Case March 7, 2015

Saudi Arabian Government: The Media and International Groups Should Stop Interfering in the Raif Badawi Case

Saudi Arabia is not happy about various governments trying to free Raif Badawi (below), who may soon face the death penalty for the “crime” of “insulting Islam.” They don’t like the media criticism either.

In a statement issued today, translated into English here, the Saudi government said:

Saudi Arabia expresses its strong surprise and dismay of what is being said in some of the media on the issue of citizen/Raif Mohammed Badawi and the verdict against him. And while the Kingdom regrets these media outlets’ attacks against the Kingdom and its Judiciary, it emphasizes at the same time that it does not accept any form of interference in its internal affairs, and rejects the encroachment on its sovereign right or the compromising of its judiciary independence and integrity, where there is no power over the judges in their rulings. The Kingdom also stresses that all court cases are handled without distinction or exception. The source also added that the Kingdom does not accept at all any attack on her in the name of human rights, especially when its constitution is based on Islamic law, which guarantees the rights of human and preserved his blood, money, honour and dignity.

Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries that supported human rights and respected all international conventions in accordance with the Islamic Sharia. However, and in spite of these obvious visible efforts, some international agencies and some media unfortunately emptied human rights from its high implications, and drifted into the attempt to politicize and exploit them in the infringement and attack on the sovereign rights of States according to standards that can only be described as selective and duplicated to serve political goals; and this is something that the Kingdom does not permit nor accept at all.

You knew it was bullshit the moment it said Saudi Arabia’s justice system had “integrity.”

But things are not looking good right now for Badawi…

(Thanks to Richard for the link)

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