Trial of Bahraini accused of spying for Iran adjourned to May 2

April 20, 2011

The trial of a Bahraini charged with intelligence links with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was on Wednesday adjourned to May 2 .

According to the court papers, the 48-year-old defendant and his Iranian accomplices provided sensitive military and economic information to the Iranian organisation between 2002 and 2010. The accomplices have not been caught.

The Bahraini man denied the charges.

Police said the defendant was arrested after his name was mentioned in the Kuwait-based ring spying for Iran. Earlier this month, a Kuwaiti court sentenced two Iranians and one Kuwaiti to death for their alleged role in the espionage ring busted by Kuwait last year.

The verdict and accusations that the Iranian embassy in Kuwait had links to the spy ring have affected relations between the two countries and sparked a vitriolic war of words.

Relations between Manama and Tehran have now reached a very low level after Bahrain accused Iran of blatant interference in its domestic affairs. Both countries recalled their ambassadors for consultations and Bahrain’s lower chamber is pushing for severing diplomatic relations after it accused Iran of supporting attempts to undermine stability and security in the kingdom.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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