04/07/2016 16:39 EDT | Updated 04/08/2017 01:12 EDT

Amnesty International blasts Trudeau for remarks about jailed Saudi blogger

MONTREAL — Amnesty International is blasting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's most recent comments on jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.

Trudeau told Montreal radio station 98.5 FM today his government wants to help free Badawi but must tread warily.

He said pushing too hard and too fast can sometimes have harmful consequences.

That prompted Amnesty spokeswoman Anne Sainte-Marie to say the remarks were somewhat indecent on Trudeau's part.

Badawi, who is not Canadian but whose wife lives in Quebec, was arrested in 2012 for his criticism of Saudi clerics and was convicted in 2014.

He was sentenced to 10 years in jail as well as 1,000 lashes. He received the first 50 in January 2015. 


The Canadian Press