by Paul Antonopoulos
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, a young protestor and nephew of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr who was executed on 2 January without warning in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in 2012 with two others who were also minors at the time, following anti-government protests in 2011.
In 2013, aged just 17, he was sentenced to death by beheading and crucifixion after he admitted to crimes under torture, and is expected to be tortured in a matter of days.
His mother, Umm Bakr, told The Times she fears her son was used “as a card against his uncle”. She continued that he signed confessions for false charges including carrying a weapon.
Mohammed al-Nimr, his father and the brother of Sheikh Nimr, believes his son was “just like any other youth,” he said: “When the movement started, he joined, believing he would take on the burden for the people.”