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Friday prayer leader condemns death sentence on Ayatollah Nimr

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During his weekly Friday prayer sermon at Qom’s Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah, Ayatollah Bushehri condemned the death sentence on Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Nimr by the Saudi regime.

During his weekly Friday prayer sermon at Qom’s Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah, Ayatollah Sayyed Hashem Hoseyni-Bushehri condemned the death sentence on Shi’ite cleric Ayatollah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by the Saudi regime, reported Rasa News.

“According to our Islamic beliefs, we the people, scholars, elders and authorities strongly condemn this move by Saudi Arabia,” he stated, according to Rasa News Agency.

“We made it clear to the international community and human rights advocates who every day claim that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not respect human rights, but we tell them to go and visit Saudi Arabia and observe what is happening there. If again they use Islamic Iran as a pretext, let them officially come here,” he stated in a response to Western hypocrisy over Iran. Western governments they turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses by their Arab allies but constantly accuse Iran for its alleged abuses.

Referring to the siege on the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) by Takfiri terrorists and the closing of the road to the city by the Turkish government, Ayatollah Bushehri stated: “Fortunately, according the latest reports from the region, many [captured] people, especially the youth among them, have been freed.”

The Friday prayer leader of Qom expressed regret that the Turkish government is blocking aid from reaching the inhabitants of Kobani, who are mostly ethnic Kurds. The only way possible to reach the city of Kobani is through Turkish territory but the Turkish government has closed all roads to the city. The innocent citizens of this city are being slaughtered by ISIL terrorists. “However, contrary to the American viewpoint, we are hopeful that eventually victory will be with the people of Syria and Iraq,” Ayatollah Bushehri expressed.

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