The Canadian Press

2015-02-23 | Saudi Blogger Flogging

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Montreal's mayor has called on Prime Minister Harper to lobby Saudi officials to free jailed blogger Raif Badawi, whose fate remains uncertain. Badawi is not a Canadian citizen and Harper said earlier this month that fact limits Canada's influence in his case. But Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre wants Harper to at least pick up the phone. (Coderre, a former federal immigration minister, also says a ministerial permit could be issued for humanitarian reasons to allow Badawi to come to Canada. The jailed blogger, whose wife and children live in Sherbrooke, Quebec, was sentenced to ten years and one-thousand lashes for criticizing Saudi Arabia clerics on his website. Amnesty International said last Friday that Saudi Arabia postponed the flogging of Badawi for a sixth consecutive week.)

Date: 2015-02-23
Placeline: MONTREAL.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 16 seconds

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