BBC reports that the courts in Saudi Arabia have declined the opportunity to try blogger Raif Badawi on charges of apostasy. While that’s good news, Badawi fears that he’ll just be facing a string of new charges intended to silence his criticism of the government and other authorities.

Raif Badawi: Court refuses to charge Saudi blogger
Sebastian Usher

A court in Saudi Arabia has found that a liberal blogger accused of apostasy has no case to answer.

The court had the power to sentence Raif Badawi to death had it found him guilty.

But it refused to charge him, referring his case back to a lower court.

Mr Badawi, the young co-founder of a website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested last year and accused of insulting Islam and showing disobedience.

His lawyer, Waleed Abu Alkhair, says he became a target for Saudi authorities after declaring 7 May last year a “day for Saudi liberals” – in order to have more open discussion about social and religious issues.


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