Saudi Arabia Sentences Death To 15 Convicting Spying For Iran

December 6, 2016 6:42 am0 commentsViews: 79

Fifteen people have been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabia court Tuesday founding them convicted of spying for Iran.

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All the convicted were Saudi nationals and most of them were members of Shiite minority. It is learned the sentences would be appealed.

A total of 32 people were tried over the espionage allegations. Two of them have been acquitted while the rest received prison sentences between 6 to 25 years.

Only one defendants was Iranian and one Afghani where as the rest were Saudis.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch dismissed the trial saying it is a mockery of justice as it violated the basic due process.

Following the country cutting diplomatic ties with Iran after the burning of Saudi embassy and a consulate by Iranian demonstrators earlier this year in January the case of the people began.

The protest was against the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

According to prosecutors, the defendants also divulged defence secrets, tried recruiting moles in government departments, sought to commit sabotage and supported riots too in the Shiite-dominated eastern district of Qatif.

Tensions in Saudi Arabia between the leading Shiite and Sunni powers remain high as both supports opposing in the Syria and Yemen conflicts.

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