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Monday, 26 October 2015 06:51

Saudi Arabia to pay dearly if cleric Nimr executed: Iran

Saudi Arabia to pay dearly if cleric Nimr executed: Iran

Iran says Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent religious leader Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, if carried out, would come at “a heavy expense” for the kingdom.


On Sunday, Nimr’s brother, Mohammad, confirmed that the Saudi Supreme Court and the Specialized Appeals Court had endorsed a death sentence issued last year against him for inciting sectarian strife and disobeying King Salman bin Abdulaziz Aal-e-Saud. The cleric has denied the charges.

Later on the day, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian addressed Saudi authorities on the matter, saying, "The execution of Sheikh Nimr will exact a heavy price on Saudi Arabia."

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

The UK-based rights group Amnesty International has called Nimr’s trial “deeply flawed” and the death sentence “appalling,” saying the verdict has to be quashed.

Amir-Abdollahian said, “The country is yet to provide a convincing response for its mismanagement of the year’s Hajj pilgrimage, which led to the death of thousands of Shia and Sunni Muslims.”

The Iranian official was referring to the crush that occurred after two large masses of pilgrims converged at a crossroads in Mina outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on September 24.

Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization has said a total of at least 4,700 people lost their lives in the incident.


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