A Shi'ite protester carries a poster of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration outside the Saudi embassy in Sanaa October 18, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Saudi court upholds death sentence for Shi’ite cleric

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against the death sentence passed this year on Shi’ite Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who had called for pro-democracy demonstrations and whose arrest in 2012 spurred protests in which three died.

Nimr’s brother, Mohammed al-Nimr, told Reuters that the sentence had been upheld after hearings that took place without his lawyers or family members being given prior notice. His life now hangs on the possibility of a pardon from King Salman.

  • mobuyus

    Please be patient and let Saudi justice take it’s course. I am sure it will work out just fine.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Shiites will undoubtedly hit the fan over this.

    • marty_p

      After the sentence is carried out we should be treated to some serious Mo infighting…pass the popcorn.

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  • Blacksmith

    Sucks to be him, he is the wrong flavor of pisslam. but thats okay I heard pisslam was tolerant and peaceful on CNN today.