FILE - In this Saturday, March 21, 2009 file photo, Saudis look at jewelry at a gold fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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A Saudi judge sentenced to death a prominent cleric Wednesday who has called for greater rights for the kingdom's Shiites, the cleric's brother said, two years after his arrest prompted deadly protests in the oil-producing east of the country.Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was detained in July 2012 following demonstrations that erupted in February 2011 in Qatif district, home to many of the Sunni-ruled country's Shiite minority. Nimr has become the most prominent cleric calling for more rights for the Shiite minority and is accused by the government of helping to instigate the unrest which broke out in Qatif during the Arab uprisings in 2011 .People in Qatif remain hopeful that the death sentences passed against Nimr and the other men will not be carried out, Seif said.
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