Saudi Arabia Executes Prominent Shiite Cleric, 46 Others
After executing more people in 2015 than in the past two decades, Saudi Arabia begins 2016 by executing 47 people.By Ben Lawson | January 2, 2016
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia carried out the executions of 47 prisoners, including a well-known Shiite cleric.
Shiite leaders throughout the world are condemning the execution of Nimr al-Nimr. That includes Iran's deputy foreign minister who said Saudi Arabia will pay "a heavy price" for the execution. (Video via Press TV)
Nimr al-Nimr's arrest in 2012 sparked protests throughout the world. It came after he accused Bahrain's ruling Sunni monarchy of violently suppressing protests from its Shiite population. Saudi Arabia said he was arrested for trying to fuel violent dissent in the region.