Saudi court sentences iconic Shiite cleric to gruesome beheading with head put on public display in ‘crucifixion’

October 15, 2014 5:27 PM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A well-known Shiite cleric was sentenced to death Wednesday by a court in Saudi Arabia, sparking fears of renewed unrest from his supporters in the kingdom and neighbouring Bahrain.

Sheik Nimr al-Nimr’s case has been watched closely by minority Saudi Shiites in the eastern region of the majority Sunni kingdom. The 54-year-old cleric’s case was seen as a barometer for Saudi Arabia’s handling of Shiite grievances over the past years and a clear message of zero-tolerance to other ...

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