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.