Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr together with forty six (46) others after being convicted of terrorism offences.
Information available to the media revealed that amongst those executed was a man convicted of shooting dead a freelance cameraman on assignment for the BBC, Simon Cumbers, in 2004.
Sheikh Nimr was reported to be a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in the Eastern Province in 2011, the Arab Spring.
Iran is however angry over the executions in Saudi Arabia. Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was executed owing to his opposition to Saudi Arabia’s Sunni rulers.