Mr. Badawi, founder of the website Liberal Saudi Network has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ten years in jail after his arrest in 2012. Although various human rights groups protested and appealed for Clemency, Mr. Badawi was sentenced anyway.
He was also ordered to pay the sum of 1 million Riyals as a fine even though he was cleared on charges of apostasy which would have carried the maximum punishment-death.
He will receive his lashes weekly with 50 lashes every week.
According to Associated Press, Mr. Badawi’s lawyer was also sentenced to 15 years in jail on various charges in an anti terrorism court.
Mr. Badawi’s website has now been banned