Reuters reports:

“A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an Internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.

Raif Badawi, who started the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, was originally sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes…The judge at the criminal court in the Red Sea City of Jeddah also fined him one million riyals ($266,600). Badawi's website has been closed since his first trial.

The prosecution had demanded that Badawi be tried for apostasy, a charge which carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.”

I like to take this opportunity to congratulate the judiciary of Saudi Arabia for so clearly demonstrating the urgent need for injection of some indigenous Saudi Liberal thoughts in that country. It is time to switchover to man made laws, the ancient ones are wholly outdated.

In this day and age, when foreign travel, internet and satellite TV channels have opened up the world to all, trying to preserve and enforcing the stifling customs and laws is dimwitted at best.

Lashing and imprisoning people with beautiful thoughts who are messengers of modernity and humanity won’t do, Free Raif NOW!


ps. take a looksy here at, Princess Adela; a Saudi beauty.