RIYADH - A Saudi court sentenced to death a protester convicted of attacking police forces during unrest in the east, local media reported Wednesday, in the second such ruling this week.

The court on Tuesday convicted the man of “causing sedition, rioting, carrying arms, targeting security patrols with petrol bombs, and attacking forces and government and private installations” in the village of Awamiya, local media said.

Activists identified the defendant as Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr, a 20-year-old detained since “nearly 30 months.” “Aged 17 at the time of his arrest, he was placed in a minors detention centre before being transferred to prison” for trial in a special terrorism court, an activist said, citing Nimr’s father. In January, the US embassy warned its citizens against travel to Awamiya after gunmen opened fire on the car of two German diplomats, who escaped unhurt.  Of more than 950 people arrested in Eastern Province for involvement in the Arab Spring-inspired unrest, 217 are still being held.