Iran Warns Saudi Arabia Over Execution Of Prominent Shiite Cleric

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Hossein Jaber Ansari, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, has said that Saudi Arabi will answer for killing prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr today, January 2.

Iran Warns Saudi Arabia

Protest against execution of prominent Muslim cleric

The official IRNA news agency cited Ansari as saying: “The Saudi government supports terrorist movements and extremists, but confronts domestic critics with oppression and execution… the Saudi government will pay a high price for following these policies.”

“The execution of a figure like Sheikh al-Nimr, who had no means to follow his political and religious goals but through speaking out, merely shows the extent of irresponsibility & imprudence.”


Nimr, 56, was a leader of the peaceful protests that broke out in 2011 in Eastern Province, where the Shia minority of Saudi Arabia complains of marginalisation.

Today’s executions were managed at the same time in 12 locations across Saudi Arabia. Of the 47 killed, one was a Chadian national while another was Egyptian. The rest were Saudis.

Saudi Arabia provided more than 150 executions last year, the highest figure recorded by human rights groups for 20 years.

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