Badawi’s punishment began last week when he was lashed 50 times outside al-Jafali mosque in his home city of Jeddah after last week’s Friday prayers. The floggings attracted international attention because they followed heated debate on the topic of freedom of speech, after the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.
Canada, the U.S., Germany, Norway and other Western governments have issued statements calling for Badawi’s punishment to be dropped, although the U.K. has so far refused to publicly condemn the authorities in Riyadh.
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