RIYADH: The latest developments after Saudi Arabia executes a prominent opposition Shiite cleric convicted of terrorism charges, sparking anger in Iran and among Shiite leaders across the region.
Saudi Arabia says that by condemning the execution of an opposition Shiite cleric, Iran has “revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism.”
A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency accuses Tehran of “blind sectarianism” and says that “by its defense of terrorist acts” Iran is a “partner in their crimes in the entire region.”
Shiite-majority Iran expressed outrage over the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was put to death along with 46 others convicted of terrorism charges, including three other Shiite dissidents and a number of al-Qaida militants.
Al-Nimr was a central figure in protests by Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority until his arrest in 2012. He was critical of the Saudi government and but denied ever advocating violence.