Saudi Arabia Releases Prisoners of Shia al-Nimr Jailed for Participating in Anti-Government Protests

Ali al-Nimr, a Saudi national from the minority Shia group who was previously sentenced to death and later received commutation of sentences, was released on Wednesday (27/10) after serving a prison sentence of approximately nine years. He was sentenced for taking part in anti-government protests.

“Ali al-Nimr, a young man detained since 2012 for participating in protests when he was a child, and who previously faced the death penalty, has been released today,” human rights group ALQST said on its Twitter account.

Through her personal Twitter account, her sister al-Nimr said, “after ten years, my brother is free, thank God.”

Ali al-Nimr was the nephew of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr who was executed by Saudi Arabia in 2016, leading to the severing of diplomatic ties between Riyadh and Tehran.

Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death along with two other underage Saudis from the Shia community in 2012, after taking part in protests against the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

In April 2020, authorities said that the kingdom would no longer impose the death penalty on people guilty of crimes committed when they were under the age of 18.

The reforms came in a country that has one of the highest execution rates in the world.​ [lt/pp]

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