Sistan-Baluchestan Sunni, Shiite clerics react to Nimr sentence

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Publish Date: 14:36 - 20 October 2014
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Tehran, YJC. Clerics from Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province have criticized Saudi Arabia over a death sentence for Islamic clergyman Nimr al-Nimr.
The guardian jurist’s envoy to Zahedan ayatollah Soleimani in interview with Mehr news agency over the telephone asserted that the death sentence is a blatant violation of the freedom of speech.

"For their independence on global arrogance, the US in special, the House of Saud do not bear free thinking, trying to silence voices that speak in opposition to them and to arrogance,” he stated.

The Sunni prominent cleric of Khash country Molavi Mohammad Ali Shahnavazi also said "Sheik Nimr is a scholar of the Islamic world. The allegations that the Saudi Arabian judiciary has contributed to him are fake and politically-oriented.”

"Nimr’s death sentence is anti-humanitarian. We ask international organizations to clarify their stance in relation to the case.”

Molavi Abdulghani Barani also said that the entire Muslim community must become unanimous to "save the Shiite cleric from the hands of oppression.”

Ali Akbar Kikha, Friday preacher of Zabol, also said "Sheik Nimr is a great person and the representative of a group of believers. The incarceration, torture, and the execution of such a person will undermine the reputation of the Saudi government.”

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