Saudi Arabia executed top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr

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SHAFAQNA – Saudi’s Interior Ministry announced on Saturday (2 Jan. 2016) the execution of Sheikh Nimr, the Shia Scholar on the accusation of terrorism. The ministry published an statement and in it announced that the execution was based on accusations such as “having Takfiri thought” and “carrying out explosion and murder operations” in that country. Sheikh Nimr Baqer Al-Nimr the prominent Shia Scholar was born in 1968 in the town of Alawamiyeh in eastern Saudi Arabia in a religious family. Saudi regime arrested Sheikh Nimr in 2012 and twice before that in 2006 and 2008.

In 2006 when he returned from a short trip to Bahrain for taking part in an international Quran conference and in there asking the regime to recognise Shia Islam as well as paying attention to Baqi’a cemetery and to modify the education system. In 2008 Sheikh Nimr was arrested on the accusation that he asked Shias in eastern parts of Arabia to get ready for defending themselves and their society. The Saudi regime claimed this was a provocation of Shias for separation from central government. He was released 24 hours later.

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