I hope that with the new king, Raif will be released. As with Charlie Hebdo, someone voicing an opinion does not take away from the sacred, but striking or shooting someone in the name of religion does take away from the sacred.
MONTREAL — As a Saudi blogger with Canadian ties was spared a scheduled flogging for a third straight week Friday, a supporter expressed hope the pardon of a fellow activist may spur Raif Badawi’s release.
News of the flogging postponement emerged as word circulated that Souad al-Shammari, who co-founded a liberal blog with Badawi, had been freed.
Elham Manea, a human rights activist and Badawi family spokeswoman, said there’s reason to be optimistic about his case in an interview from Switzerland.
“We are hoping that he will be pardoned just like Souad al-Shammari.”
Badawi is not a Canadian citizen but his wife and three children fled Saudi Arabia in 2012 and settled in Sherbrooke, Que., in 2013.
Amnesty Canada spokesperson Beth Berton-Hunter…
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