SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTES 47 FOR TERRORISM

SOURCE    : THE GHANAIAN TIMES (PAGE 5)

DATE          : JANUARY 4, 2016

 

IRAN ANGRY OVER SAUDI EXECUTIONS

SOURCE       : THE DAILY GRAPHIC (PAGE 9)

DATE             :   JANUARY 4, 2016

 

  • 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.

 

 

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