Saudi Arabia Executes 47, including Top Shiite Cleric

(BBC News) Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people convicted of terrorism offenses, including prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said. Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in 2011. Among those executed was Adel al-Dubayti, convicted of shooting dead a freelance cameraman on an assignment for the BBC, Simon Cumbers, and critically injuring reporter Frank Gardner in 2004. Those also put to death include Sunnis convicted of involvement in al-Qaeda-linked terror attacks in 2003.

2016-01-04 00:00:00

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