SHAFAQNA- Friday prayers worshippers in Qatif region of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province voiced their solidarity with Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and other political prisoners.
According to al-Manar TV network, a large number of people and religious scholars took part in this week’s Friday prayers in Qatif.
The worshippers condemned the death sentences handed to prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr and 16 other Shias imprisoned by the Saudi regime.
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.
Earlier this week, Sheikh Nimr’s brother said the prominent cleric is in high spirits despite reports suggesting that he is at risk of imminent execution.
“He’s good, very well, high spirits. His health is very good and he is ready for anything, even for death,” Jaffar al-Nimr said.
He made the remarks after visiting his brother at Al-Ha’ir Prison, situated approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh.
Several other family members, including Sheikh Nimr’s mother, were also present at the one-hour jail visit.
On November 26, Amnesty International said that Sheikh Nimr was among several Shia activists facing looming execution.
The London-based human rights group also noted that the individuals were “clearly convicted in unfair trials”.