Saudi Arabia executes prominent Shiite cleric among dozens of others

January 2, 2016 9:37 AM

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A prominent Shiite cleric was among the 47 prisoners executed in Saudi Arabia Saturday after they were convicted of terrorism charges.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a central figure in the 2011 Arab Spring-inspired protests in Saudi Arabia. The execution has sparked condemnation from several Muslim leaders in the Middle East and could kick off new unrest among the kingdom’s Shiite minority.

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