Kuwait court sentences two to death for spying for Iran, Hezbollah

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

Reuters| Updated: Jan 12, 2016, 14:18 PM IST

Kuwait: 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.