Saudis Up Sentence of Liberal Editor to 10 Yr. Jail, 1,000 Lashes
A 7 años y 600 azotes es condenado un activista por criticar las políticas en Arabia SauditaJulio 30, 2013
Un tribunal de Arabia Saudita condenó el lunes a Raif Badawi, activista pro derechos civiles, a 7 años de prisión y 600 azotes por haber criticado en Internet las políticas de Riad referentes a los derechos de los ciudadanos.
Amnistía Internacional considera a Badawi prisionero de conciencia, ya que, argumenta, está detenido solo por haber hecho uso pacífico de su derecho a la libre expresión.
Esta sentencia se produjo el mismo día en el que los habitantes de la capital saudita celebraron una manifestación para expresar su solidaridad con los presos políticos y pidieron su inmediata liberación. Según varias entidades pro derechos humanos, más de 30.000 personas están encarceladas en Arabia Saudita por motivos políticos.
However, last July, an appeals court threw out the verdict and ordered a new trial.
Lawyers for the prosecution had asked for a more severe penalty.
In his original trial, Badawi, the online editor of the “Free Saudi Liberals” forum was also found guilty of “parental disobedience” (a crime in Saudi Arabia) in connection to numerous arguments he had had with his father.
Badawi had left the country in 2008 after the initial charges of insulting Islam were filed against him.
After being told that the charges were dropped, he returned
...only to be barred from leaving the country again.
His business assets were also frozen at the time.
Charges of apostasy – a crime in the Kingdom that carries the death penalty – that were pending against Badawi were dropped last July after Badawi testified in court that he is a Muslim.
Badawi founded the online platform in 2008 “to encourage debate on religious and political matters in Saudi Arabia,” according to Human Rights Watch.
The group also said that the judge affirmed that “liberalism is akin to unbelief.”
At his hearing last year, the judge prevented Badawi’s lawyer from representing him.