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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is shown in Ottawa on Dec. 19, 2014.

SEAN KILPATRICK/The Canadian Press

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has raised concerns with a Saudi prince about the flogging sentence handed down to a blogger with family in Quebec.

A government official, speaking on condition they not be named, says Baird raised Canada's concerns about blogger Raif Badawi with Prince Turki Al Faisal, a member of the House of Saud.

Baird raised the case during a bilateral meeting with the prince, one of several he had Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for writing on a liberal blog he founded, and fined more than $300,000.

The 32-year-old father of three received the first 50 lashes on Jan. 9, but his second set was postponed last week for medical reasons.

In a previous written statement, Baird condemned the sentence and called for clemency.

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