Imprisoned Saudi blogger’s wife protests at Saudi embassy in Vienna

VIENNA — The wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has joined a small group of protesters in front of the Saudi Embassy in Vienna to demand his release.

Ensaf Haidar and a few dozen other demonstrators chanted “Stop torture!” and Free Raif!” in Tuesday’s protest, which was organized by Amnesty International.

Haidar, who lives in Quebec with the couple’s three children, is on a European tour to push for the release of her husband.

Badawi is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted of breaking Saudi Arabia’s technology laws and insulting Islamic religious figures through his blog.

He also was sentenced to 1,000 lashes over 20 weekly sessions and fined $266,000.

The flogging has been suspended since Badawi received 50 lashes in January.

The Associated Press

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