Kuwait says arrests 12 convicted in 2015 Iran spy case

Kuwait recaptures 12 members of Iran-backed cell

Kuwait recaptures 12 members of Iran-backed cell

In June, Kuwait's Supreme Court overturned an acquittal by an appeals court and convicted 21 Shiite Muslims of forming an Iran and Hezbollah-backed "terrorist 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 Interior Ministry said the 12 had been captured in different areas across Kuwait. They had been on the run since their sentencing last month, and were seized in different parts across the Gulf state.

Kuwaiti authorities also protested to Lebanon over the alleged Hezbollah training of the members of the so-called "Abdali Cell".

Last month, Kuwait asked Iran to reduce the number of Iranian diplomats in its embassy and closed down the Iranian cultural mission in the country.

On Friday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil held telephone talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart to discuss the complaint against Lebanon, vowing to follow up on the case.

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

"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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