'Serious concerns' over Saudi's execution of Shiite cleric: EU

Saudi Shiite women hold placards bearing portraits of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a protest in the eastern coastal city of Qatif against his execution by Saudi authorities, on January 2, 2016The European Union on Saturday raised serious concerns over Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, warning it could have “dangerous consequences” for a region already fraught with sectarian tensions. “The specific case of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr raises serious concerns regarding freedom of expression and the respect of basic civil and political rights, to be safeguarded in all cases, also in the framework of the fight against terrorism,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

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