Jan 3, 2016, 12:47 PM
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Speaker of Assembly of Experts condemns execution of Sheikh Nimr

Tehran, Jan 3, IRNA - Speaker of Iran’s Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi on Sunday strongly condemned the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

He said the martyrdom of Sheikh Nimr and scores of innocent Shias in Saudi Arabia, indicates the crimes committed by Al Saud government followed by regret and sorrow of Muslims, Shias and open-minded people across the globe.

Ayatollah Yazdi also extended his condolences to the twelfth Shia Imam (AS), Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the entire Muslim community and the freedom-seekers of the world on the sad occasion of the execution of Sheikh Nimr.

Sheikh Nimr was attacked and arrested in the Qatif region of Eastern Province in July 2012, and had been charged with undermining the kingdom’s security, making anti-government speeches, and defending political prisoners. Sheikh Nimr had denied the accusations.

In October 2014, a Saudi court sentenced Sheikh Nimr to death, provoking huge condemnations and criticism in the Middle East and the world.

On October 25, Nimr’s family confirmed that the Saudi Supreme Court and the Specialized Appeals Court had endorsed a death sentence issued last year against him for inciting sectarian strife and disobeying King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The cleric had denied the charges.