I might have to apologize to the Saudi justice system

I wrote a somewhat vituperative screed (who me???) about the Saudi justice system a few days ago.

And now, perhaps just to spite me (heh), they’re considering pardoning a blogger that they imprisoned for criticizing Islam.

A Swiss newspaper is reporting that imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi could have his sentence of 1,000 lashes suspended, but Amnesty International has yet to confirm the news.

The Swiss Secretary of Foreign Affairs Yves Rossier told the Fribourg daily newspaper La Liberté that Badawi’s sentence was suspended.

“A royal pardon is in the works thanks to the head of state, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,” he said. (source)

If this is true, I will have some apologizing to do.  Of course, its not like this one act makes up for decades of brutality and censorship, but lets just presume it is part of a trend, and that trend proves me wrong.

I’d rather be wrong and see good things happen than dig in to my critical position, refusing to let go of it in the light of evidence to the contrary.  I’m not a fucking SJW.

2 Responses to I might have to apologize to the Saudi justice system

  1. TimH says:

    I expect you are none of these, but ‘spect you meant 5.

    1. Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
    2. Sino-Japanese War (disambiguation)
    3. Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf
    4. SJW Corp, a water utility company in California
    5. Social justice warrior, pejorative term for someone who raises social justice issues for personal aggrandization
    6. Stanford Jazz Workshop
    7. St. John’s Wort, a medicinal herb

  2. Dan says:

    Personally I enjoyed your screed, which was directed against both the Saudi justice system in general and the King in particular.

    But if a man was really sentenced to those 1000 lashes, and later pardoned, shouldn’t your apology be to King Salman bin Whatever, not the Saudi justice system? Or are royal pardons considered an integral part of the Saudi justice system, making the whole system more fair?

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