‘Links to Iran’: Four sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: A Saudi court has sentenced four people to death for links to regional rival Iran, alleging that they were plotting the assassination of “prominent figures”, state media said on Thursday.

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“The criminal court has sentenced four terrorists to death for forming a cell for Iran,” the state-owned Al-Ekhbariya TV reported.

“The terrorists were trained in camps in Iran” and “planned to assassinate prominent figures,” Al-Ekhbariya said, without giving any more details on those convicted.

In December 2016, a Saudi court sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran, according to local media. A source said then that most of them were members of the kingdom’s Shia minority.

Earlier in 2016, regional tensions spiked when Riyadh executed prominent Saudi Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, a driving force behind anti-government protests, for “terrorism”.

The ultra-conservative kingdom has one of the world’s highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

AFP

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