Blogger Raif Badawi and his lawyer Waleed Abu Al-Khair have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. They are both facing long jail sentences for having used their freedom of expression.
This is one of the few positive things that have happened in this ordeal, where the blogger’s faith is still uncertain. He has been flogged 50 times, and is to receive 950 more lashes as well as serving a 10 year prison sentence. The flogging was paused the last 5 weeks due to medics judging him unfit to receive more lashes.
His lawyer Al-Khair is also facing a 15 year sentence, and whilst his name is not heard as much as Raif, he stands for the same values and is facing a very long sentence for defending Badawi.
Amnesty International, who is in contact with Raif and his lawyer said the news received with very, very deep gratitude. They perceive this as a tremendous encouragement and believes it will add further pressure on Saudi Arabia for release.