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We Spoke to the Wife of the Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 1,000 Lashes

VICE meets with the wife of Raif Badawi, a blogger from Saudi Arabia sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes.

by Simon Coutu and Sofi Langis
Aug 6 2015, 5:47pm

In June 2012, the creator of the Free Saudi Liberals blog, Raif Badawi, was accused of apostasy and insulting Islam, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes by the General Court of Jeddah.

VICE meets with Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, who sought refuge in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with her three children in 2013. They discuss the message her husband was trying to get across in his writings, the efforts made by both the Quebec and Canadian government to secure Badawi's release, and the life she left behind in Saudi Arabia.