Saudi Arabia Executes 47, Including Shiite Cleric

The cleric was a central figure in Shiite protests during the Arab Spring.

Al-Nimr was a central figure in Shiite protests that erupted in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring, and carrying out his execution may spark new unrest among the OPEC powerhouse’s Shiite minority.

The cleric’s name was among a list of the 47 carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. It cited the Interior Ministry for the information. Saudi state television also reported the executions.

 

Source: Saudi Arabia Executes 47, Including Shiite Cleric