Going down

Ensaf Haidar says Raif’s health is deteriorating.

Ensaf Haidar, who was granted asylum in Canada with the couple’s three children, said on Thursday that she hoped her husband would end a hunger strike he had initiated more than 20 days ago to protest against his transfer to a different prison in Saudi Arabia.

A member of Amnesty International in Canada and a spokeswoman for the Canadian government both said they were unable to confirm the hunger strike.

“I am very worried about him,” Ms Haidar said on Thursday. “His health, both physical and mental, is very poor.”

She said she last spoke with her husband two weeks ago, and had been kept informed of Mr Badawi’s condition by a contact in Saudi Arabia whom she declined to identify.

Bad, bad news.

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