Editor Jailed For 7 Years and Sentenced to 600 LASHES After Starting 'Free Saudi Liberals' WebsiteSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 19:57
Editor Jailed For 7 Years and Sentenced to 600 LASHES After Starting 'Free Saudi Liberals' Website
By MAIL FOREIGN SERVICE
PUBLISHED: 09:46 EST, 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:51 EST, 30 July 2013
The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.
Raif Badawi, who started the 'Free Saudi Liberals' website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally.
Al-Watan newspaper said the judge had also ordered the closure of the website.