Rights group: Planned flogging of Saudi blogger delayed for second week on medical grounds

An international human rights organization says the planned flogging of a Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam has been delayed for a second straight week.

The London-based Amnesty International says that around eight doctors carried out medical tests on Raif Badawi and recommended that he not be flogged this Friday. Saudi authorities postponed flogging him last week after a doctor concluded that his wounds from the first 50 lashes had not yet healed.

His public flogging on Jan. 9 in the city of Jiddah led to an outpouring of international condemnation and calls on Saudi Arabia to rescind the punishment.

Badawi was sentenced in May to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges related to a liberal blog he created and for mocking the kingdom's religious authority online.