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Sheikh Nimr to Be Commemorated

8 February 2016 7:52


A memorial service will be held in Tehran on Tuesday to commemorate prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.
The city’s Fatimiyun religious center will host the program forty days after the execution of the cleric by the Saudi regime.

The Riyadh regime executed Sheikh Nimr, along 46 others, on January 2.
The cleric was beheaded after Saudi authorities accused him of inciting his followers to violence, but human rights groups said he was executed for his political opposition to the Saudi regime.

His execution drew widespread condemnation worldwide.

Sheikh Nimr, a critic of the Riyadh regime, had been arrested in 2012 in the Qatif region of Shia-dominated Eastern Province, which was the scene of peaceful anti-regime demonstrations at the time.

He was charged with instigating unrest and undermining the kingdom’s security, making anti-government speeches and defending political prisoners. He had rejected all the charges as baseless.

In 2014, a Saudi court sentenced Sheikh Nimr to death, provoking global condemnations. In October 2015, a Saudi appeals court upheld the death sentence.

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