Saudi Appeals Court Upholds Badawi Sentence

In appalling but entirely unsurprising news, a Saudi court has upheld the sentencing of Raif Badawi to 10 years in prison and a nearly $300,000 fine for “creating a website insulting Islam” and criticizing the Saudi religious police. His attorneys — new ones, not the one that was also put in jail for the same things — seem surprised.

A Saudi court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence and 1,000 lashes against Raef Badawi, founder of a liberal human rights group, for insulting Islam, an activist said…

The court had also ordered him to pay a fine of one million riyals ($266,666)…

“We were very surprised” by the appeals court ruling, Al Shamari said.

“The only hope now is an amnesty from the king or a swift move by the justice minister to form a fair judicial committee,” she added.

Before his arrest, Badawi’s network announced a “day of liberalism” and called for an end to the influence of religion on public life in Saudi Arabia.

The lawsuit against him was filed by clerics.

Of course it was. They’re totalitarians who want to control the thoughts and lives of others. But I can’t imagine why this should be surprising. Saudi Arabia does this sort of thing every day. The law gives them that authority and they use it. Also worth noting that Saudi Arabia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council. That’s the joke, but it isn’t funny.

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  • John Pieret

    They’re totalitarians who want to control the thoughts and lives of others

    Yeah, but we’ve kept Bryan Fischer, Joe Farrah, Pat Robertson and a host of others too long to name at bay.

    Oh! You were talking about Saudi Arabia!

  • Michael Heath

    1,000 lashes??!!?? WTF!!!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    They’re totalitarians who want to control the thoughts and lives of others.

    The term you’re looking for is “Religious Liberty”.

  • ebotebo

    But in reality, we’re speaking of “Religious Insanity”.

  • eric

    “The only hope now is an amnesty from the king or a swift move by the justice minister to form a fair judicial committee,” she added

    Wonder how much jail time she’ll get for that last comment. Implying this judge wasn’t fair is a clear insult to Islam!

  • Doubting Thomas

    Is there somewhere (not in Saudi) that I can officially insult islam? I’d really prefer to insult the idiots who think this is a crime. Oh well, this will have to do, ahem, Islam you are a moron and your breath stinks. Oh, and Mohamed was a pedophile. That should do it.

  • Trebuchet

    1,000 lashes??!!?? WTF!!!

    Oh, but they won’t be all at one time so it’s perfectly fine.

  • krambc

    Also worth noting that Saudi Arabia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council. That’s the joke, but it isn’t funny.

    Including all UN members on the Council is intended to have the effect of improving the record of all.

    Would it help or hinder if the US were excluded for its prison system ?

    Did membership reduce the use of torture by the UK ?

    The real joke is the notion of the Anglo-Americanists sneering smugly at other jurisdictions; especially those well-supported petro-theocracies.

    Looking forward to seeing suggestions for a better alternative to the UN Human Rights Council.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399822355 markmckee

    I think there needs to be a history/geography lesson here. This area was originally called Arabia. Then the Saudi Royal family took over and renamed it Saudi Arabia. In other words the country belongs to the Saudi family.

    But in order to keep the peace, that royal family has given the clerics some power over the masses. This tends to keep the masses happy, plus the oil wealth helps some as well.

    But this arrangement results in some deep deep anger and hatred. Some of that hatred was harnessed to fund 9/11 both with $ but also lets remember that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi Arabians. IOW, that hatred is channeled to hate the west, but a lot of that hatred is also directed towards that Saudi family and towards those clerics resulting in an even more barbaric form of Islam. ISIS grows out of that hatred.

    Frankly, I don’t see how this is all not a house or cards. With the clerics and oil wealth holding it all together.

    So the royals feel just fine keeping their masses in the grip of a religion that has been bastardized by the clerics to keep themselves in power.