Fresh pardon hopes for jailed Saudi blogger

The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi expressed renewed hope Saturday that her husband might soon be pardoned after a senior Swiss official said such a move was in the pipeline. Ensaf Haidar has been outspoken over the plight of her husband since he was detained in 2012 on cyber crime charges and later sentenced for insulting Islam and calling for the end of the influence of religion on Saudi public life. “I hope this is true and I have confidence in the Swiss government,” she told AFP.

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