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NEVE: Algonquin just one of Canada’s Saudi dilemmas

NEVE: Algonquin just one of Canada’s Saudi dilemmas

Posted: 1st February 2016 By: Evelyne Abitbol Category: News Comment: 0

THE OTTAWA SUN – ALEX NEVE – – Canadian connection No. 1 is the continuing worry about the fate of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose wife and three young children were welcomed to Canada as refugees and live in Sherbrooke, Que., as permanent residents. Raif Badawi has been sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence and a punishment of 1,000 lashes to be meted out 50 at a time. He was flogged 50 times back in January 2015 but the remaining 950 have been in abeyance since, due likely to the considerable international outrage about his case. Each week comes around, however, with the agonizing prospect that the lashes may resume. And there is no sign yet that Raif Badawi, who is a prisoner of conscience, is about to be freed.

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