SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Court Sentences Shiite Cleric Nimr al-Nimr to Death for Sedition and Disobeying the Rules ‘

#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – October 15 – A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr to death, AFP reported.

A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against the cleric's arrest

A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against the cleric’s arrest

The anti-government protest leader had been convicted of “sedition,” according to his brother and lawyer.

The court also found Nimr guilty of disobeying the kingdom’s rulers and taking up arms against security forces. Nimr, in his 50s, who had been on trial since March 2013, was a driving force behind 2011 protests against Saudi Arabia’s Sunni authorities.

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