Kuwait says arrests 12 convicted in 2015 Iran spy case

Kuwait recaptures 12 members of Iran-backed cell

Kuwait's Interior Ministry says 12 men with links to a terrorist group associated with Hezbollah and Iran's Revolutionary Guard have been arrested.

The ministry said in a statement that two more fugitives were being hunted down. They had been on the run since their sentencing last month, and were seized in different parts across the Gulf state.

The supreme court in Kuwait in June overturned an acquittal by an appeals court and convicted 21 suspects of forming a terrorist cell with ties to Iran and "Hezbollah".

The apex court ruling said they were planning attacks across the Gulf state.

The case dates back to August of 2015 when Kuwaiti security forces raided a farm in Al Abdali near Iraqi border, arresting a number of people in possession of weapons.

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Kuwait has protested to Lebanon over the alleged training of the al-Abdali cell by "Hezbollah".

One Iranian man was tried in absentia and the rest are Kuwaiti nationals.

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".

"Hezbollah did not form cells in Kuwait and it does not have any cells or members there", he said during his recent televised appearance.

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