Alleged pro-Iran spy cell busted in Kuwait will go on trial within days

July 15, 2010
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A Kuwaiti court will soon set a date for the trial of an alleged pro-Iran spy cell busted in Kuwait in April.

The case of the seven members of the espionage ring has been submitted to a local court to decide on a date for the launch of the trial, Kuwaiti news portal Al Aan reported.

“Most of the accused are Iranians, and the cell includes a woman who is married to a fellow member,” the news portal reported. “They have all been charged with spying for a foreign country, assisting the intelligence agency of a foreign country and receiving money for providing information. They have all confessed and their trial could begin within days,” the portal said.

In early May, Kuwaiti media reported that security agencies in Kuwait busted in April a spy cell working for Iran’s Revolution Guards, feeding information on Kuwaiti and US targets.

According to Al Qabas daily, security forces found maps of vital sites, highly sophisticated communications devices and around $270,000 in cash when they stormed the home of one of the cell leaders in Sulaibiya, 25km west of Kuwait City.

The daily said members of the cell confessed that they were assigned to recruit new members whose ideas are similar to the Revolution Guards and that they had visited Iran frequently under claims of tourism, medical treatment or visiting religious places, the daily said, quoting unnamed security sources.

Kuwait is home to several US military bases and is used as a transit point for US troops into and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Less than one week after news about the cell busting broke out, the public prosecutor imposed a gag on the coverage of the spy ring. The restriction order has been largely followed by Kuwait’s print, audio-visual and online media.

         

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