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Raif Badawi, jailed Saudi blogger, has flogging delayed again

01/30/2015 10:16 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT
Saudi blogger RaifBadawi was spared his 50 weekly lashes once again, according to Amnesty International.

Badawi, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes — 50 every Friday — for criticizing the Saudi regime and insulting Islam.

He received his first 50 lashes on Jan. 9. However, his second and third punishments were delayed for medical reasons.

The fourth, scheduled for today, has also been delayed according to the international human rights organization.

His wife Ensaf Haidar, now a refugee living in Sherbrooke, Que., said that Badawi can’t endure another flogging.

She joined an all-party coalition of MPs on Parliament Hill on Thursday urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene personally with the Saudis.

They want the prime minister to personally push for the release of Badawi.

"Raif's health condition is getting worse and worse," Haidar said through a translator during a press conference on Parliament Hill yesterday.

A vigil for Badawi will be held in front of Quebec's National Assembly at 12 p.m. ET Friday. Several MNAs are expected to participate.

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