Tehran, Iran, January 3
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
There is no doubt that Divine vengeance will afflict Saudi politicians, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, condemning the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.
The world should feel responsible against this crime and similar Saudi atrocities in Yemen and Bahrain, Khamenei stressed, IRNA news agency reported January 3.
Denouncing Nimr's death sentence, the Leader said the Shia cleric had neither called for armed rebellion nor tried covert sedition against the Saudi regime, but publically criticized it.
The night before, protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and torched it.
The Islamic Revolution Guardian Corps also said Riyadh will pay for its act, calling it a blatant violation of the freedom of expression.
The statement published on IRGC's official website said the execution will be a prologue to the House of Saud's downfall and the behavior is very similar to the atrocities of the Islamic State (aka IS, ISIS, ISIL and Daesh).
Iran's police said it arrested 40 who had broken into the embassy.
Following the attack, Riyadh ordered Iran's ambassador to leave Saudi Arabia in 24 hours.