Jan 3, 2016, 2:56 PM
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Germany 'appalled' by mass executions in Saudi Arabia

Berlin, Jan 3, IRNA -- The German government said it was shocked over the latest mass execution wave in Saudi Arabia, which included prominent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

German government human rights commissioner Christoph Straesser tweeted he was 'appalled by reports about recent executions' in the Saudi kingdom.

He urged a stop to the death penalty, saying 'every execution is one
too many.'

The biggest mass execution for decades in Saudi Arabia has triggered outrage among German politicians, calling for an end to the highly controversial strategic partnership between Berlin and Riyadh.

German-Saudi relations have dramatically deteriorated in recent weeks, following the leaked out report by Germany's BND secret service which lambasted Riyadh for what it termed its 'destabilizing' role in the Middle East.

The execution of al-Nimr has led to strong international protests, including the US, EU and UN.