We still don’t know the fate of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. He received 50 lashes of a 1,000-lashes punishment for “insulting Islam,” though the flogging has been indefinitely delayed. He currently faces a re-trial that could result in a death sentence if Badawi is found guilty.
Now, a collection of the blog posts that got Badawi in trouble is set to hit German bookstores.
1,000 lashes: Because I say what I think, which is out tomorrow, may bring more unwanted attention to Badawi, but he and his wife told Der Spiegel that “attention to the book would protect him.” (A German diplomat added: “The ministry cannot predict the consequences of such a publication for him.”)
The book includes a section Badawi wrote about his time in prison (so far), in which he says “All this cruel suffering [happened] because I have expressed my opinion.”
Proceeds will go to benefit Badawi.