UK minister says deplores Saudi activist's flogging, plans to raise matter

January 20, 2015 1:08 PM

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UK minister says deplores Saudi activist's flogging, plans to raise matter

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain deplores the flogging of a blogger in Saudi Arabia and will raise concerns about the case with the country's deputy foreign minister this week, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia's ruling family has come under pressure from Western countries over its punishment of activist and writer Raif Badawi, whose second of 20 weekly floggings was postponed on Friday due to medical grounds.

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