Amnesty: Saudi authorities delay flogging of blogger Raif Badawi for third week

January 30, 2015 2:15 PM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A leading rights group says authorities in Saudi Arabia have delayed the planned flogging of a blogger convicted of insulting Islam for a third straight week in the face of growing international pressure against the punishment.

Amnesty International spokeswoman Sara Hashash says the London-based rights group confirmed that Friday's planned flogging of 31-year-old Raif Badawi did not take place, but it was unclear why. Amnesty has followed Badawi's case closely and is campaigning for his release.

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