A group of Iranian clerics and seminary students have held demonstrations in the holy cities of Qom in condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency - A group of Iranian clerics and seminary students have held demonstrations in the holy cities of Qom in condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Addressing the demonstrators in Qom, Tehran’s Friday Prayers leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, said Riyadh must immediately return the body of Sheikh Nimr to his family.
He added that Nimr’s execution will soon lead to the collapse of the Saudi regime.
The senior Iranian cleric added that Saudi Arabia has been the main contributor to the formation of Takfiri groups and is supporting them, while accusing Iran of backing terrorists.
The world must know that a bunch of inexperienced youths influenced by Zionists are running Saudi Arabia, Khatami said, adding, “Saudi Arabia is an ally to Zionists.”
On Saturday, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced that Sheikh Nimr along with 46 other people, who were convicted of being involved in “terrorism” and adopting a “Takfiri” ideology, had been executed.
Sheikh Nimr, a critic of the Riyadh regime, was arrested in 2012 in the Qatif region of Shia-dominated Eastern Province, which was the scene of peaceful anti-regime demonstrations at the time.
He was charged with instigating unrest and undermining the kingdom’s security, making anti-government speeches and defending political prisoners. He had rejected all the charges as baseless.
Following the execution, authorities refused to hand over the cleric’s remains and buried them at an undisclosed cemetery, according to the Sheikh’s brother, Mohamed Nimr.
He said that the family intended to bury Nimr in his home town, Qatif.