Does release of Souad al-Shammari mean Raif Badawi could be freed?

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.

Global News

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.

READ MORESaudi Arabia postpones flogging of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi again

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.

READ MORE: Politicians call on Ottawa to help secure release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

Amnesty Canada spokesperson Beth Berton-Hunter…

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