WORLD – Saudia Arabia executes 47

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, seen here in an undated photograph, was a vocal critic of the Saudi authorities

Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said.

He was among 47 people put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences, it said in a statement.

Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in 2011, where a Shia majority have long complained of marginalisation.

Shia-led Iran said Saudi Arabia would pay a “high price” for the execution.

A foreign ministry spokesman said Riyadh “supports terrorists… while executing and suppressing critics inside the country”.

Iranian state TV reported that the Saudi charge d’affaires in Iran had been summoned to the foreign ministry.

Iran is the main regional rival of Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia.

At least one protest march was held in Qatif, in Eastern Province, where security has been raised.

7 Responses to WORLD – Saudia Arabia executes 47

  1. jrsmith January 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    So what , nothing to do with us. our media in Barbados , must think ,sometimes news is not news. we are poor island ,who needs to survive in this disturbing world.

  2. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria January 2, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    it’s a good day to be alive in BARBADOS

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2016 at 7:42 am


    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria January 3, 2016 at 8:09 am

      @Omar Muhammad…Enjoy your Sunday. It’s a rainy, cold, beautiful and GREAT day to be alive in Barbados!! 🙂

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John January 3, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Wtf? Where did that come from? Lol


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