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Iranian ayatollah, diplomat condemn Saudi Arabian cleric's conviction
Iranian ayatollah, diplomat condemn Saudi Arabian cleric's conviction

A well-known Iranian ayatollah and a top diplomat in Tehran have joined in widespread condemnation of a death sentence handed down in Saudi Arabia against Sheikh Nimr Baqir al Nimr, a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric and dissident. "If Sheikh Nimr is executed, Saudi Arabia should be ready for dire consequences and will pay a heavy price," Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said during his weekly Friday address in Tehran. A day earlier, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said measures such as the death sentence "do not contribute to the restoration of peace and calm in the region." The issue appears to have elevated tension between a pair of regional...

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