Witness: Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam publicly flogged 50 times

Only 950 more lashes to go in the sentence of blogger and citizen journalist Raif Badawi, who had called for liberalization of Saudi Arabia’s increasingly Draconian and repressive laws. Slate reports that the lashes are broken up in this way to ensure the prisoner does not die before all of the prescribed punishment can be administered, a courtesy which surely rises to the level of active and deliberate torture. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/11/how_many_lashes_can_one_man_take.html

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