To start off with, his attorney, who has been defending him over the years because this is not the first incident, he’s serving in prison for 15 years. Right now the penalty for blogging and talking critically of the government, the punishment is going to be 1,000 lashes. Now, they can’t do 1,000 lashes on one day; a person would die immediately. What they’re going to do, though, is to string this out, this punishment. It’s going to be 20 lashes a day for 50 weeks, and he’s going to be fined $266,000 and on top of this, he’ll be in prison for 10 years.
There is a growing public outcry about this trying to put pressure on the government. Quite frankly, though, the Saudi government is pretty independent. There was a lot of concern about the ruthlessness of ISIS and they are ruthless. But during this time that the ISIS were beheading several people, the Saudi government beheaded 59. Fifty-nine beheadings last year. They’re strict adherers to Sharia law but we don’t say too much about this. In the old days, it used to be said it was because of the oil and who knows what. But it’s just strange how tolerate we are of what the Saudis and give them protection.