A criminal court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has sentenced to death 15 people convicted of Iranian spies.
The 15 condemned men were among the 32 people arrested in June with links to Iranian intelligence services, according to a report by Gulf News.
Thirty of them are Saudi citizens. Two members of the group were acquitted and 15 others received prison sentences between six months and 25 years, in the judgment delivered Tuesday.
The charges by the public prosecutor included the formation of a spy cell that liaised and collaborated with elements of Iranian intelligence to provide secret and sensitive information related to the military and that affects the national security, the territorial unity and integrity of Saudi Arabia and its armed forces.
The suspects were also accused of meeting Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei and coordinating with agents from Iranian intelligence.
Other charges included attempts to carry out acts of sabotage against economic interests and vital installations in Saudi Arabia, to undermine social peace and public order, spread chaos, incite sectarian strife, and carry out hostile acts against the kingdom.
The suspects also faced accusations of high treason of their country and king, and attempting to recruit people working in state agencies to commit acts of espionage for the Iranian intelligence service.
According to the charges, most suspects had travelled to Iran and Lebanon where they were trained in espionage techniques, including drafting coded messages.
Some of the suspects had hacked into computers to obtain sensitive information related to the internal and external security and the national economy of Saudi Arabia.
Other charges included supporting riots and demonstrations in Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, possessing weapons, forging documents and accepting bribes.
Source: Gulf News