14 get death for Saudi Shi'ite town unrest

2016-06-02 06:15


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Riyadh - A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced to death 14 people convicted of taking part in deadly unrest in a Shi'ite-populated region of the predominantly Sunni kingdom, a local daily reported.

Al-Riyadh said the 14 were among 24 "accused of killing security personnel and robbing passers-by in Awamiya", a Shi'ite town in the Eastern Province.

One of the defendants was acquitted and the other nine were jailed for between three and 15 years, Al-Riyadh said on its website.

Awamiya, a town of about 30 000, has been the scene of repeated incidents since 2011 when protests began among Shi'ites and later developed into a call for equality in the kingdom.

The minority Shi'ite community has long complained of marginalisation.

Hundreds were arrested in a crackdown after the initial protests, according to Amnesty International.

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