Saudi man gets 15 years for Shia cleric support
A court in Riyadh has sentenced a Saudi national to 15 years in prison for supporting executed Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, local media reported on Thursday.
Nimr and three other members of the kingdomâ€™s minority Shia community were among 47 people convicted of terrorism and executed on a single day in January.
The executions provoked anger among ShiasÂ and concern in the West, and raised tensions between Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and ShiaÂ Iran.
Nimr was a driving force behind protests among Shias that began in 2011.
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Those protests later developed into a call for equality in the kingdom where Shias, most of whom live in the kingdomâ€™s east, complain of marginalisation.
Al-Riyadh newspaper did not name the convicted man, who it said took part â€œin rallies and marchesâ€ in the Shia-dominated Gulf coast district of Qatif.
He was also convicted of â€œchanting anti-state slogans and sympathising with the deceased Nimrâ€, as well as helping to block roads and burn tyres, it said.
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Among other accusations, the newspaper said he was willing to provide â€œthe materials needed to make explosivesâ€ for attacks in the kingdom.
Nimrâ€™s Qatif-area hometown of Awamiya has been the scene of repeated security incidents since 2011.
After the protests started, police issued a list of 23 wanted people. Many suspects on that list have already been detained or killed in shootouts.
source The Express Tribune news