The hypocrites say, “If we return to Medina, the one most honorable will surely drive out therefrom the one most mean (‘Muhammad’);” while true honor belongs to Allah and to His Messenger and the believers; but the hypocrites know not. (Al Quran 63:9)
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry.
Speaking from Canada, his wife Ensaf Haidar told news agency AFP, “this is a final decision that is irrevocable.”
In March, the kingdom expressed “surprise and dismay” at international criticism over the punishment.
At the time, the foreign ministry issued a statement saying it rejected interference in its internal affairs.
In 2012, Badawi was arrested and charged with “insulting Islam through electronic channels”.
For four years he had been running the Liberal Saudi Network, which encouraged online debate on religious and political issues.
Saudi authorities sent his case for review as global pressure to free Badawi mounted.