Ensaf Haidar believes that the award is a message to Saudi authorities exhibiting Raif’s innocence
MONTREAL: The wife of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi said Thursday his winning of the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize was a “message of hope and courage.”
“I thank the European Parliament. I am very happy about this award,” Ensaf Haidar told AFP on behalf of her husband, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison on grounds of insulting Islam. He was arrested in 2012.
“It is a message of hope and courage for him,” she said.
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It is also a message to the Saudi authorities to the effect that “Raif is not guilty,” said his wife, who lives in Canada with their three children.
“I hope that this prize is going to help advance” Badawi’s cause and allow him to rejoin his family, said Haidar.
She also expressed hope that Justin Trudeau, who is scheduled to take over as Canada’s prime minister next week, will intervene to try to get Badawi out of Saudi Arabia.