Shia cleric sentenced to death

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A well-known Shia cleric has been sentenced to death by a court in Saudi Arabia, his brother has revealed.

Sheik Nimr al-Nimr’s brother, Mohammed al-Nimr, announced the verdict on Twitter. He also wrote that the family would release a statement with more details.

Shia activist Jafar al-Shayeb said the verdict appears to have been handed down for criminal offences over the “incitement” of Shia protests in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Bahrain.

He raised concerns that the death sentence of the revered 54-year-old cleric will spark anger and renewed protests by the kingdom’s minority Shias.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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