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Sju år og seks hundre piskeslag var åpenbart ikke straff nok for den saudi-arabiske bloggeren Raif Badawi, som er kjent skyldig i å ha fornærmet islam og satt opp et liberalt forum på nettet.

Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012.

A Saudi newspaper close to the government reported that he had lost his appeal against an earlier, more lenient sentence of seven years and three months in jail and 600 lashes.

Det kunne ha gått enda verre:

Last year he was cleared of apostasy, which could have carried a death sentence.

Men det viktigste resultatet er uansett opnådd:

Mr Badawi had previously called for 7 May to be a «day for Saudi liberals». The website he set up has since been closed.

 

BBC: Saudi blogger Raif Badawi gets 10 year jail sentence