Germany says Saudi execution of Shi'ite cleric deepens its concern

by Reuters
Saturday, 2 January 2016 15:20 GMT

BERLIN, Jan 2 (Reuters) - A German foreign ministry official expressed concern on Saturday about the execution in Saudi Arabia of prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr and reaffirmed the country's view that the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment.

"The execution of Nimr al-Nimr strengthens our existing concerns about increasing tensions and deepening rifts in the region," said the official, who declined to be named.

Most of the 47 people executed in Saudi's biggest mass execution for decades were Sunnis convicted of al Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia a decade ago while four, including Nimr, were Shi'ites accused of involvement in shooting policemen. (Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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