Saudi Arabia Puts 47 to Death, Including Prominent Shiite Cleric

January 2, 2016 10:15 AM

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Saudi Arabia Puts 47 to Death, Including Prominent Shiite Cleric

BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia executed 47 people convicted of terrorism-related offenses on Saturday, including suspected members of Al Qaeda and a prominent cleric and government critic from the country’s Shiite minority.

The executions, which were reported by the Saudi state news media, were the first of 2016 and followed a year in which at least 157 people were put to death, the most in two decades in the conservative Muslim kingdom.

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