Saudi Blogger's Punishments Could Present Problem For U.S.
More U.S. voices are condemning Raif Badawi's punishment, but that could complicate the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S.By Christian Bryant | January 17, 2015
"The United States government calls on Saudi authorities to cancel this brutal punishment," U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
Calls from U.S. officials are growing louder for the release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who is serving a 10-year sentence in jail along with 1,000 public lashes for reportedly insulting Islam.
Most recently, a group of U.S. senators — six Democrats and two Republicans — sent a letter to Saudi Arabia's ruler King Abdullah, condemning the punishment and calling for Badawi's release.