Clemency for Raif

King Abdullah and Queen Elizabeth

After the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz  there must surely be an opportunity for the new sovereign in Saudi Arabia to show mercy towards Raif Badawi.

If you haven’t already signed Amnesty International’s petition to free the blogger who called for greater freedom of expression , now would be a good time to do so.

At the time of King Abdullah’s accession, clemency was shown by him to a number of people, including some Libyans who had plotted to assassinate him. To honour his memory, his successor should show mercy on a man who harboured no ill will towards the royal family.

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