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Kuwait sentences two men to death for spying for Iran

Case also included charges related to the possession of weapons

Kuwait sentences two men to death for spying for Iran

A Kuwaiti court
sentenced two men accused of spying for Iran and Hezbollah to death on Tuesday,
a Reuters witness said.

The case also
included the possession of weapons. One of the men given the death penalty was
an Iranian convicted in absentia, and the other was a Kuwaiti who was in court.

Other suspects
were given sentences ranging from five to 25 years, and three were found
innocent.

Tensions
between Shi'ite-ruled Iran and Sunni-ruled Gulf countries have escalated since
a diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Riyadh erupted after Riyadh's execution
of a prominent Shi'ite cleric this month.

Saudi Arabia
broke off relations with Tehran after its diplomatic missions were stormed by
Iranian protesters in Iran, while Kuwait has recalled its envoy to Iran