Islamic center of Swiss condemns death sentence for Sheikh al-Nimr

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SHAFAQNA – The Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) Islamic Cultural Center in Switzerland in a statement condemned the move by Saudi Arabia to sentence prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death.

In the statement, the center called for unconditional release of the cleric, ahlebeyt.ch website reported.

It described the charges leveled against Sheikh Nimr as baseless.

The statement noted that Sheikh Nimr has been unjustly arrested and tortured and has not have access to a lawyer.

Ayatollah Nimr, who has been in detention since July 2012, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court.

Saudi Arabia’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court have approved the death sentence handed to the senior Shia cleric.

According to some media outlets, the death sentence has been referred to the interior ministry and then the king’s office for the final go-ahead.

Nimr’s lawyer, Sadeq al-Jubran, says Nimr could be executed as soon as the Saudi monarch approves his sentence.

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