Iran’s ambassador in Bahrain denies Revolution Guards role in Kuwait spy cell

May 8, 2010
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Iran’s ambassador in Bahrain has denied reports that spy cells in the Gulf were working for Iranian Revolution Guards as “blatant and malicious lies.”

“Allegations about networks connected with the Revolutionary Guards in the Islamic Republic of Iran and working in some neighbouring countries such as Kuwait or Bahrain or any other country in the region are fabricated, malicious and unfounded reports that lack credibility,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian said. “Any accusation against anyone of being linked with Iran is baseless. We unequivocally and categorically reject the existence of such links between any person or entity or an institution of the Islamic Republic of Iran with any person in any Gulf country,” the envoy said, quoted by Bahraini daily Al Wasat.

Abdollahian said that Iran was keen on reinforcing its relations with the Gulf countries through agreements in various areas, especially on security.

The ambassador’s remarks were published one week after Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas said that a multinational spy cell working for Iran’s Revolution Guards was busted in Kuwait City.

Kuwait media’s extensive coverage was however halted by the public prosecution after it imposed a gag, explaining that reports and claims could influence the investigations.

The government did not make any official statement on the case, but requested the media not to indulge in speculations and let the competent authorities carry out their work in the best possible conditions.

Abdollahian last month denied reports that the Revolution Guards were involved in the money-laundering operation allegedly run by a Bahraini minister.

“We strongly deny all claims about an alleged involvement of the Guards in the operations,” he said.

The involvement allegations were made after a Bahraini minister was sacked for his alleged role in a money-laundering operation.

         

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