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Saudi physicist-nuclear scientist accused of espionage in favor of Iran

One of 32 people accused Saudi Arabia of spying in favor of Iran, Saudi is a nuclear physicist, for six years worked in China, reports «al Arabiya».

Recall that among the defendants in the case 30 Shiite subjects of the Saudi king and two foreigners: a citizen of Afghanistan and speaks in Arabic a citizen of Iran.

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.

Saudi physicist-nuclear scientist accused of espionage in favor of Iran 25.02.2016

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