Saudi Shiite Activist Arrested

[AFP/Peninsula-Qatar] Ahmad Turki al-Saab, an activist from Saudi Arabia's minority Ismaili community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, has been arrested after seeking the removal of the governor of the Ismaili stronghold of Najran. Saab had signed a petition to King Abdullah demanding the sacking of Najran's governor, Prince Mishaal bin Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, who is suspected of encouraging the settlement of Sunni Yemenis in the region, which borders Yemen. Najran Ismailis have long complained that lands are being seized in the region and used to settle Yemeni tribesmen who are granted Saudi citizenship.

2008-05-20 01:00:00

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