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In Saudi Arabia Prominent Shiite cleric executed along with 46 men

The execution of Nimr al-Nimr and the others, including Shiite activists and Sunnis accused of involvement in deadly Al-Qaeda attacks, was announced by the Saudi interior ministry.

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Shiite cleric behind anti-government protests Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 other men were executed today (1 January) in Saudi Arabia.

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According to AFP report by PUNCH the execution of Nimr al-Nimr and the others, including Shiite activists and Sunnis accused of involvement in deadly Al-Qaeda attacks, was announced by the Saudi interior ministry. 

According to the Saudi Arabia interior ministry the 47 men had been convicted of adopting the radical “takfiri” ideology, joining “terrorist organisations” and implementing various “criminal plots” and drawing angry condemnation from Iran and Iraq.

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AFP further reported that all those executed were Saudis, except for an Egyptian and a Chadian.

However, this action had since prompted demonstrations from the cleric’s brother who threatening it could stir more trouble in oil-rich Eastern Province where Shiites complain of marginalisation.

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