In Saudi Arabia began the trial of 32 suspected of spying for the Islamic Republic of Iran. 30 defendants – Shia subjects of the king. Among the defendants in the case – two foreigners: a citizen of Iran and a citizen of Afghanistan.
The defendant is charged with the transfer of the Iranian intelligence services secret information, creating a threat to the economic interests of the Kingdom, threatening national unity and inciting inter-confessional conflict.
According to the materials of the case, the information to Iranian intelligence was transmitted in encrypted form by e-mail. The actions of defendants by the Prosecutor’s office qualifies as treason.
The suspects were detained in 2013, but the trial against them started only now. As reported by Reuters. Among them are prominent representatives of the Shia community of the country. Saudi Shiites fear that the verdict will mark the beginning of large-scale repression against them.
For the first time in many years against the Shia relate to espionage, not anti-state activities. The process started amid the growing confrontation between Tehran and Riyadh on the Syrian issue and the allegations about the Saudi intervention in Syria.