Saudi jails Shias over flag insult

June 23, 2014 - 7:21:04 am

JEDDAH: A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five young Shias yesterday to jail terms ranging from three to six years for insulting the kingdom’s flag during protests, an official source said.

They were prosecuted for lowering a flag from a school during demonstrations in Eastern Province and replacing it with a black Shia banner.

The same source said the five replaced an official plaque on which was written “The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” with one stating “The Kingdom of Qatif of Tomorrow”.

Demonstrations in Eastern Province, where most of the mainly Sunni kingdom’s two million Shias live, erupted in 2011 alongside a Shia-led protest movement in neighbouring Bahrain.AFP