|Montreal has been the site of several demonstrations in support of |
Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi. (Thomas Daigle/CBC)
"I have been told his sentence has been suspended," Yves Rossier told the Fribourg daily newspaper La Liberté.
Rossier said he brought up the matter while on an official visit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
"A royal pardon is in the works thanks to the head of state, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud," he added.
Badawi's wife and three children live in Quebec's Eastern Townships region.
Badawi was arrested in June 2012 for criticizing Saudi Arabian clerics on his website. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. He was also fined $266,000.
Because 1,000 lashes at once would likely be fatal, Saudi judges decreed that Badawi would be whipped in installments of 50 lashes for 20 weeks.
Badawi was flogged for the first time on Jan. 9 but further instalments have been postponed.