Top Court in Saudi Arabia Confirms Capital Punishment of Shiite Muslim Cleric

Top Court in Saudi Arabia Confirms Capital Punishment of Shiite Muslim Cleric

The Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia confirmed the death sentence of Shiite Muslim cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. The cleric was was found guilty of talking against the state and other charges after his involvement in the 2011 Arab Spring Movement.

Nimr is one of six Shiites that have been sentenced to beheading and public display of their bodies.

According to Nimr’s brother, his family and lawyers were not given notice of the hearing. King Salman must still sign off on the death sentence and could decide a royal pardon.



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