UN human rights chief appeals to Saudi king to pardon convicted blogger, halt his flogging

January 15, 2015 3:15 PM

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BERLIN – The United Nations' top human rights official is appealing to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to pardon a blogger convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to be flogged.

Raif Badawi was brought to a public square in Jiddah last week and flogged 50 times. He was sentenced last May to 10 years in prison, a fine and a total of 1,000 lashes after criticizing Saudi Arabia's powerful clerics on a liberal blog.

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