Sunday, January 3, 2016

Iran Vows 'Divine Vengeance' on Saudi Arabia for Execution of Shi'ite Cleric

Iran's supreme leader said Sunday that Saudi Arabia will face "divine vengeance" for its execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shi'ite critic of Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family.

Iranian state television quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying, "The unjustly spilled blood of this oppressed martyr will no doubt soon show its effect and divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians."

The supreme leader said Nimr "neither encouraged people into armed action nor secretly conspired for plots, but the only thing he did was utter public criticism rising from his religious zeal."

Angry Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and a consulate in Mashhad, smashing furniture and setting fires at the embassy in the Iranian capital before being ejected by police.

At least 40 protesters were arrested. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the attacks on the diplomatic missions "totally unjustifiable," even as he denounced Riyadh's execution of the 56-year-old Shi'ite cleric.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said in a statement Sunday Nimr's death would lead to the "downfall" of Saudi Arabia's monarchy. The Guard described Nimr's execution as a "medieval act of savagery."....



  1. A Saudi foreign affairs official said on Saturday that Iran was the “last in the world who could accuse others of supporting terrorism,” following Tehran’s response to the execution of a prominent Shiite preacher...

    “The Iranian regime is the last regime in the world that could accuse others of supporting terrorism, considering that (Iran) is a state that sponsors terror, and is condemned by the United Nations and many countries,” said the official in a statement on the official SPA news agency.

    The source also spoke of Iran’s “blatant intervention in the region's countries, [which] covers Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.”

  2. Irans Oberhaupt: „Saudische Politiker werden der Rache Gottes nicht entgehen“...

    Irans geistliches Oberhaupt, Ajatollah Ali Chamenei, hat am Sonntag die Hinrichtung des schiitischen Geistlichen Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi-Arabien scharf kritisiert, wie der Fernsehsender Press TV berichtet. Die saudische Führung werde der „Rache Allahs“ nicht entkommen, so Chamenei.

    „Das zu Unrecht vergossene Blut eines unschuldigen Märtyrers wird zweifelsohne Konsequenzen haben, die saudischen Politiker werden der Rache Gottes nicht entgehen“, so der Geistliche.

    Die saudischen Behörden hatten am Samstag 47 Menschen hingerichtet, die wegen Terrorismus, Anstiftung zur Gewalt und krimineller Verschwörung verurteilt worden waren. Darunter war einer der Anführer des Terrornetzwerks Al-Qaida in Saudi-Arabien, Faris al-Sahrani, sowie der schiitische Prediger Nimr al-Nimr.

    Al-Nimr wurde 2012 in Saudi-Arabien bei Protestaktionen im Osten des Landes festgenommen. 2014 wurde er wegen Volksverhetzung, Ungehorsam gegenüber dem Herrscherhaus und Gründung einer terroristischen Vereinigung zum Tod verurteilt.


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