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Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr

Saturday, January 2, 2016 6:34
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Saudi Arabia has executed prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr despite international calls for his release.

Sheikh Nimr’s execution was announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry which also said 46 other convicts were put to death for terrorism. The 56-year-old cleric was shot and arrested in Qatif in 2012 on charges of causing sectarian strife and disobeying the country’s ruler. Rights groups say Nimr was arrested for the free expression of his views and criticizing Riyadh. The cleric repeatedly demanded reforms in Saudi Arabia’s political system. Amnesty International had called the death sentence against Sheikh Nimr appalling, saying it must be quashed. Widespread protests were also held in several countries including Iran and Bahrain calling for his release.


Shabbir Hassanally


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