Today, Sunday, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh overturned the death sentence against young Ali al-Nimr and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, according to his father, Muhammad al-Nimr.
Muhammad al-Nimr wrote in a tweet on Twitter: “In implementation of the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Criminal Court in Riyadh canceled, a short while ago, the death sentence against the young man, Ali Muhammad al-Nimr, and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.”
Muhammad al-Nimr referred to the royal order issued to abolish the death penalty against minors, and set the maximum prison sentences against them not exceeding 10 years.
Muhammad al-Nimr explained that the ruling issued by the Specialized Criminal Court against his son will be presented to the Court of Cassation and then the Supreme Court. He said that his son spent more than 9 years in prison, and 8 months remained to complete the sentence.
Saudi authorities arrested Ali al-Nimr in 2012 when he was 17 years old on charges related to participating in large-scale protests in the predominantly Shiite Eastern Province and attacking police forces, among other charges.