15 People Sentenced to Death In Saudi Arabia for Iranian Spy Cell

Dec 9th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

SaudiMenOn December 6, a Saudi court sentenced 15 people to death and several others to prison terms in a case involving an alleged Iranian spy cell. In total, 32 people were charged, including 30 Saudis, one Iranian and one Afghan. The case is a sign of the continued tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi denied any link between Iran and the defendants.

In February, Saudi State media reported that the people charged were accused of establishing a “spy ring” in collaboration with Iranian intelligence and providing Iran with “highly sensitive” information on Saudi Arabia’s military.

According to reports, those charged were also accuse of seeking to commit acts of sabotage against Saudi Arabia’s economic interests, inciting sectarian strife, recruiting others for espionage and participating in anti-government protests.

Amnesty International reported that two of the 32 charged were acquitted. Those charged were arrested between 2013-2014 without warrants, “were repeatedly interrogated without a lawyer” and were forced into signing confessions.

Nazarene_Pin_Ad_300pxIn a statement, Amnesty official Samah Hadid said “Sentencing 15 people to death after a farcical trial which flouted basic fair trial standard is a slap in the face for justice.”

Tensions rose between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite power Iran in January after the Saudi government executed a prominent Shiite cleric along with 46 others.

Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations to Iran after protesters stormed two Saudi diplomatic posts.

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