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Kuwait says arrests 12 convicted in 2015 Iran spy case

From Reuters - August 12, 2017

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities have arrested 12 people convicted in absentia of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Kuwait had charged 25 of its nationalsall of them Shi'itesand an Iranian citizen after the discovery of guns and explosives in a raid on the so-called "Abdali cell" in 2015, which escalated sectarian tensions.

Kuwaiti prosecutors alleged that the men intended to carry out "hostile acts" against Kuwait.

One person was sentenced to death, the rest to prison terms. In June, Kuwait's highest court overturned the death sentence and reduced some of the prison terms while increasing others.

At least 14 were sentenced in absentia, including the Iranian national.

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