Saudi Arabia stops diplomatic ties with Iran over protests against the execution of Shia cleric

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Pakistani Shiite Muslims hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest against the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, outside the Saudi embassy, in Karachi, Pakistan, 03 January 2016. Saudi Arabia on 02 January came under blistering criticism from the region's Shiites shortly after it executed a top Shiite cleric known for his activism against the Sunni government. Nimr al-Nimr was among 47 people the Saudi government said it had executed earlier on 02 January after their convictions on terrorism-related charges. Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional Shiite rival, criticized al-Nimr's execution, saying it was politically and religiously motivated.

On Saturday, authorities in Saudi Arabia decided to execute 47 prisoners, including Sheik al-Nimr a leading Shia cleric. The execution of the cleric caused Iran’s outrage.


Saudi Arabia decided to break off its diplomatic ties with Iran, amid a row over the execution of Sheik al-Nimr, a prominent Shia Muslim cleric. The leading cleric was not the only individual who was executed as another 46 people were condemned to death.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia, executed 47 people accusing them with terrorist charges. In a censored article which was originally published in Al Jazeera America, Arjun Sethi, a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center wrote th...


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