Before the arrival of Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in UK, Theresa May was asked to mention the case of Raif Badawi in her talking with him, but she didn’t promise to raise the issue. The wife of this Saudi blogger who has been jailed for “insulting Islam” has begged Mohammad bin Salman to free husband.
— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) March 7, 2018
Raif Badawi was arrested and jailed in 2012 for writing about freedom of speech. While this is an absolute right for every human being in the world, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes, of which he has endured 50 till now.
Badawi has been jailed before the prince and his father came into power. In these three days of Mohammad bin Salman’s trip to London, Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar tried her best to urge the prince to pardon her husband.
Through the MailOnline, she asked the Crown Prince to live up to his ‘moderate’ reputation and promises of reform in Saudi Arabia, and grant Badawi a royal pardon while he is in the UK. She claimed that there is no reason for MBS not to excuse Badawi, since everything her husband wrote about is what MBS is now promoting as The New Saudi Arabia.
“I really hope that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman will forgive Raif and deport him to Canada directly so that we can say that Saudi Arabia is serious in its call for a return to moderate Islam,” she said. “Most of what sent Raif to prison more than six years ago is now the new state project.”