Saudi Arabia refused the punishment of flogging with whips

The Supreme court in Saudi Arabia has abolished traditional punishment of lashes, on 24 April, said the BBC , citing an official document of the court.

The decision States that the punishment will now be replaced by fines or imprisonment.

The court noted that this decision is a continuation of the reforms launched by king Salman and crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The last time the court sentenced to 1000 lashes for blogger Raif Badawi, in 2015 he was convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam. However, the procedure was canceled due to criticism of the international community.

Flogging is stipulated by Sharia law, has been appointed in a number of Muslim countries. This penalty is applied for adultery, drinking alcohol and petty theft.

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