A Saudi judge has recommended that a liberal activist be tried in a higher court for apostasy, a charge that could carry the death penalty.
A court in the kingdom sentenced Raef Badawi in July to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for setting up a "liberal" network and for allegedly insulting Islam. On Wednesday, a judge remanded Badawi to the General Court on charges of apostasy
After Badawi's sentence, the appeals court had sent the case back to the court of first instance, where a newly-appointed judge remanded it to the General Court, saying his lower court was not qualified to deal with the case.
The network that he co-founded with female rights activist Suad al-Shammari had declared May 7, 2012 a "day of liberalism" in the kingdom, calling for an end to the domination of religion over public life in Saudi Arabia.