Iraqi MP says Nimr execution serves Islamic State

by Reuters
Saturday, 2 January 2016 12:31 GMT

BAGHDAD, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Saudi Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr serves the interests of Islamic State, a prominent Iraqi lawmaker with ties to Iran said on Saturday in a statement condemning the act.

"The execution of Sheikh al-Nimr is a service to Daesh, which is betting on expanding by igniting sectarian wars," said Humam Hamoudi, a prominent Shi'ite politician and member of the powerful Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) party.

(Reporting by Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Catherine Evans)