Kuwait ar­rests 12 for ties with Iran, Hezbol­lah

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Kuwait City, Kuwait - Kuwaiti au­thor­i­ties on Satur­day ar­rested 12 con­victed mem­bers of a ‘ter­ror­ist cell’ with ties to Iran and Le­banon’s Shi­ite move­ment Hezbol­lah af­ter a week­s­long man­hunt.

The In­te­rior Min­istry said they had been on the run since their sen­tenc­ing last month, while two other con­victed Kuwaitis re­mained at large.

The supreme court in Sunni-ruled Kuwait in June over­turned an ac­quit­tal by an ap­peals court and con­victed 21 Shi­ites of form­ing a ‘ter­ror­ist cell’ with ties to Iran and Hezbol­lah.

The cell had planned to launch at­tacks across the Gulf state, ac­cord­ing to the court ver­dict.

Kuwait has protested to Le­banon over the al­leged train­ing of the so-called ‘Ab­dali Cell’ by Hezbol­lah, which has min­is­ters in the Beirut govern­ment.

Last month, au­thor­i­ties expelled 15 Ira­nian diplo­mats and shut down the mil­i­tary, cul­tural and trade mis­sions of the Ira­nian Em­bassy over Tehran’s back­ing of the ‘ter­ror­ist cell’.

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