[ View the story "Cleric faces possible crucifixion in Saudi Arabia" on Storify] Cleric faces possible crucifixion in Saudi Arabia Controversial trial for Shia leader Al-Nimr continues
The Stream· Mon, Apr 29 2013 14:24:49
#AlNamerTrial must not be secret. Secret trials are used in #SaudiArabia to silence activists, their families & supporters. #freealnamerYusur Al-Bahrani
@Alawamik: Sheikh al-Nimr has the right to defend himself in public, as the public has the right to know about the trial, if justice were to be sought.
#alnamertrial من حق #الشيخ_النمر أن يدافع عن نفسه علانية، كما من حق الناس أن تعرف عن مجريات المحاكمة، إذا كانت العدالة هي المنشودة.السيد خضر العوامي
If they claim they are right, let #alnamertrial open for international media, It will never be done, because they now they are NOT rightحسن لباد
#NemerExecution Saudi government is trying its enemies before courts for inciting sectarian strife. That can happen only in cities of salt.Ali Alsaffar علي
Protesters have marched in the city of Qatif since al-Nimr was detained. @Sharqiyah_E tweeted pictures of fresh protests over the weekend from the Eastern Province, which is home to a sizeable Shia community. The women in the picture below carry a banner that reads "we reject the trial of our Nimr".
Referring to the unrest in Qatif, one commenter highlighted casualties from earlier protests of al-Nimr's arrest.
@Mohmeed_e: A martyr's redemption for Sayed Akbar and Sayed Mohammed who sacrificed for al-Nimr. These sacrifices will not cease.
شهدء الفداء السيد أكبر و السيد محمد إنما هم بوابة التضحية للنمر ولن تتوقف هذه التضحيات #NemerExecution #محاكمة_الشيخ_النمرمحمد عيسى ال لباد
Yusur al-Bahrani of Amnesty International tweeted an update as the trial continued on Monday:
Thanks to supporters. #SheikhAlnamer was in court. Charges were not dropped, but his lawyer will be allowed to defend him.#alnamertrialYusur Al-Bahrani
For more background on this story, see The Stream's episode about al-Nimr's July arrest and unrest in Qatif.
The Stream - Qatif unrest and what lies aheadAlJazeeraEnglish