Jan 5, 2016, 11:41 AM
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Switzerland summon Saudi diplomat over executions

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA - The Swiss foreign ministry has summoned the Saudi Arabian charge d’affaires to express its opposition to the mass execution of 47 people, including a prominent Shia cleric.

In a statement issued on Monday, the foreign ministry said it had summoned the Saudi diplomat to explain Switzerland’s principled opposition to the use of the death penalty, Swissinfo.ch wrote.

It said, “These mass executions risk to reignite confessional tensions which have already caused too many victims in the region”.

The execution on Saturday of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others was the largest mass execution carried out by Saudi Arabia since 1980.

Al-Nimr was a central figure in the Arab Spring-inspired protests by Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority until his arrest in 2012.