Saudi Arabia executes prominent Shiite cleric among dozens of others

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A prominent Shiite cleric was among the 47 prisoners executed in Saudi Arabia Saturday after they were convicted of terrorism charges.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a central figure in the 2011 Arab Spring-inspired protests in Saudi Arabia. The execution has sparked condemnation from several Muslim leaders in the Middle East and could kick off new unrest among the kingdom’s Shiite minority.

Iran had already warned that the execution of al-Nimir would deepen the rift between Tehran and Riyadh. Iran said last year that al-Namir’s execution would “cost Saudi Arabia dearly,” according to Reuters.

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