Bahrain Sentences Iranian Spies

Bahrain has sentenced one of its citizens and two Iranian diplomats to 10 years in prison for spying; Bahrain, Kuwait, and US forces were targets.

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Gabe Kahn., | updated: 22:03

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A Bahrain court sentenced Wednesday one of its citizens and two Iranians to 10 years in prison for spying for Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Akhbar Al Khaleej newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Bahrain's high criminal court announced the sentence, handed down in absentia, via press release.

Court documents indicated Iranians were diplomats attached to Iran's embassy in Kuwait and that the Bahraini was recruited while visiting relatives in that country. The Iranians had also spied on the Kuwaiti military, US forces in Kuwait, and oil installations in the the country, the documents added.

"The three spied from 2002 until April 2010 in the Kingdom of Bahrain and abroad," prosecutors told Akhbar Al Khaleej, "and gave the [Revolutionary] Guards economic and military information, including the locations of military, industrial and economic installations."

In early April, Kuwait expelled three Iranian diplomats it accused of working for an Iranian spy ring since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Iran in response expelled "several" Kuwaiti diplomats. The row also prompted the Gulf state to recall its ambassador from Tehran.

Iran and Kuwait have, however, reportedly exchanged ambassadors again.

Manama has along with other Gulf states repeatedly accused Iran of acting as a provocateur in Bahrain – and the Gulf region – in connection with anti-government protests.