Charlie attack raises stakes for Saudi Arabia in flogging case

January 16, 2015 5:06 PM

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RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's ruling family is coming under pressure from Western countries over its weekly flogging of writer Raif Badawi for "insulting Islam", but it appears more worried about the risk of offending domestic conservatives if it lets him off.

The political stakes over the punishment of Badawi, who will face 50 more lashes on Friday, have been heightened by the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper and its publication on Wednesday of new cartoons lampooning Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

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