The kingdom’s top cleric has denied reports of a Saudi execution of a cleric who is critical of the kingdom’s policies in the region.
Mohammad Al-Rashed, who has been the country’s top religious official since 2005, issued a statement late Tuesday saying that the execution was not a violation of the constitution.
He also said he would not have taken the oath as an imam, which is required for official religious duties.
The cleric, Fahad Al-Fayyadh, was arrested last month and sentenced to death for his criticism of Saudi Arabia’s policy in Yemen, including its war against Iran.
Al-Nashiri, the countrys most prominent Sunni cleric, said in an interview published in Saudi Arabias state-owned newspaper, the Saudi Press Agency, that the death sentence was “absolutely illegitimate.”
Al-Nasriri said he and the rest of Saudi’s religious elite will appeal against the ruling.
He said Al-Maktoum, who was sentenced to life in prison in October, is a man of high integrity.
“He is a real hero,” Al-Sarraj said.
The Al-Masirah news agency, which published the statement from Al- Rashed, also quoted Fahad’s son, Mohammed Al-Jaber Al-Alwaleed, as saying that Al-Waleed had never received a death sentence before.
“I do not believe that a death penalty is imposed for any crime,” he said.