There are reports that Prince Charles plans to make a plea to the Saudi government on behalf of Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to prison and 1000 lashes for the “crime” of being an atheist. The British monarch is on a tour of the Middle East now and plans to visit with the new Saudi king during that trip.
Britain’s Prince Charles will intervene in the case of a jailed Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes and urge Saudi Arabia’s new king to halt the punishment, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.
Charles embarked on a six-day tour of the Middle East this weekend beginning in Jordan and is expected to also visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. His office is not commenting on his exact agenda and the content of any meetings until they are underway.
But the Mail on Sunday, without citing sources, said the heir to the British throne would intervene in the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was arrested in June 2012 for offences including insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.
It cited unnamed British diplomatic sources as saying the intervention might carry more clout given his royal status.
I don’t know if the story is true or whether such intervention would be effective, but I hope it’s true and I hope it does some good. Prince Charles is a world-class asshole whose very existence is appalling to me, but good on him for doing something good here.