Badawi placed in an isolated prison cell: the ALDE Group calls on Saudi Arabia to immediately release him

raif-badawi Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, Sakharov Prize Laureate in 2015, has been moved to an isolated cell on the second day after he started a new hunger strike. Earlier in December 2015, a few days ahead of the Sakharov Prize award ceremony held by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he had already been transferred to an isolated prison. According to his wife, Ensaf Haidar, the administration of the prison refused to transfer him to a hospital. Marietje Schaake: "Worrying reports have reached us, about the transfer of Mr. Badawi to an isolation prison cell. Once more we appeal to the authorities of Saudi Arabia to intervene in the case of Raif Badawi, whom we consider to be imprisoned unjustly. It is important that his health situation is addressed before it is too late. Mr. Badawi should be reunited with his wife and children as soon as possible, and charges against him should be dropped.” In May 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a series of public floggings for allegedly insulting Islam on his website. He called for an end to the dominance of religion over Saudi public life. In October, last year, the European Parliament awarded him the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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