Saudi blogger receives 50 lashings before crowd for insulting Islam

January 9, 2015 6:16 PM

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A Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ten years in jail for insulting Islam received his first 50 lashes outside a mosque in the city of Jeddah Friday.

Raif Badawi—the co-founder of a now banned website called Liberal Saudi Network-- was flogged 50 times after morning prayers in the Red Sea city, witnesses said.

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