On January 9, 2015, Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi was lashed fifty times. 950 more lashes still await him. His trial and sentence for "insulting Islam" have widely been condemned internationally – so far to no avail.
He is known as "MBS" or "Mr. Everything." As the King's favorite son, he is in line to take power in Saudi Arabia. However, the role Mohammed bin Salman plays in Riyadh has two sides.
The journalist Raif Badawi has been in prison for five years. His crime was writing critically about politics and society in Saudi Arabia. The fight for his release goes on.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is leading talks in the Gulf to try to resolve the crisis in Yemen. More pressure must be put on Saudi Arabia – and not only over Yemen, comments Kersten Knipp.
The Saudi government will apparently resume the lashing punishment against blogger Raif Badawi. The Raif Badawi Foundation announced it had received this news from a "private source."
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