Nimr stood for the people of Qatif

Prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (file photo)

The Saudi regime has executed prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 other activists in defiance of international calls for the release of the cleric and other jailed political figures.

Sheikh Nimr, a critic of the Riyadh regime, was shot by Saudi police and arrested in 2012 in the Qatif region of Eastern Province.

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

In 2014, a Saudi court sentenced Sheikh Nimr to death, provoking widespread global condemnations. The sentence was upheld last March by the appeals court of Saudi Arabia.

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