Saudi Shiite cleric sentenced to death for ‘sedition’

A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr to death after convicting the anti-government protest leader of “sedition”, his brother and lawyer said.

The verdict risks further escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia’s minority Shiite community.

Nimr, a driving force behind 2011 protests against Saudi Arabia’s Sunni authorities in the Eastern Province, was also convicted of seeking “foreign meddling” in the country, a reference to Iran, his brother Mohammed al-Nimr wrote on Twitter.