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IS Punishes Cleric Who Objected To Pilot's Immolation

Syrian activists say an Islamic State (IS) cleric who objected to the militant group's decision to burn a captive Jordanian pilot to death has been banned and may be punished.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on February 6 that the cleric, a Saudi national, had voiced his objections during a meeting of an IS clerical body.

It reported that the Saudi cleric, who had said those responsible for the pilot's killing should face trial, may himself face a trial-like process and punishment by the miltant group.

IS militants released a video this week showing the pilot, Muath al-Kasasbeh, being burned alive in a cage.

The killing was been widely condemned by Muslim clerics.

A prominent radical preacher considered a spiritual mentor for many Al-Qaeda militants lashed out against IS militants for burning the pilot to death.

Abu Muhammad al-Maqdesi said the action was "not acceptable in any religion."

Maqdesi spoke a day after being released from more than three months in detention in Jordan.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters