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Elham Manea shares some news on the Raif Badawi front.

Important statement of the family of Raif Badawi

We have watched with great interest the response of the British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Tobias Ellwood, in today’s Parliamentarian questioning regarding the case of Raif Badawi. Mr Ellwood said that he was informed that the case of Raif Badawi was sent back to the Saudi Supreme Court for consideration.

Although we cannot confirm this news due to the secrecy that shrouds the Supreme Court’s procedures, we do hope that the information is accurate. We recall with hope that the last statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry on 12 June did deny that the Supreme Court has confirmed the sentence against Raif Badawi.

We would like to take this opportunity to call on his Majesty King Salman, his Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince to pardon and release Raif Badawi and all the prisoners of conscious and reunite them with their families.

The Family of Raif Badawi

I didn’t know that about the statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry on 12 June. That was when I was at the CFI conference, so I missed it.


  1. Al Dente says

    According to a Newsweek article of June 12th:

    Badawi’s sentence was upheld by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court on Monday [June 8th], and according to CNN, Badawi has no appeals left. Saudi Arabia has lashed out against international criticism of Badawi’s sentence. According to the Saudi foreign ministry, Saudi Arabia’s judiciary “enjoys independence and the kingdom does not accept any interference in its judiciary and internal affairs from any party.”

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