Saudi Sentences Iconic Shiite Cleric to Death

October 15, 2014 12:43 PM

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Saudi Sentences Iconic Shiite Cleric to Death

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 neighboring 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.

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