KUWAIT: The public prosecutor yesterday said he has pressed charges against 26 people in a cell linked to Iran and Hezbollah, and accused 24 of them of plotting to carry out attacks against Kuwait. The cell was busted on Aug 13 and authorities seized large quantities of explosives, arms and ammunition in a farm in Abdali near the border with Iraq. Three Kuwaitis were arrested then and following investigations, dozens of others have been arrested. Public Prosecutor Dherar Al- Asousi said 25 of the suspects are Kuwaitis and one is Iranian. Three of them are still at large.
Asousi said in the statement that he has charged 24 men “of spying for the Islamic republic of Iran and the Hezbollah group to carry out aggressive acts against the State of Kuwait through smuggling, assembling and possessing explosives, machineguns, firearms and ammunition in addition to eavesdropping devices”. Twenty-two of the men have been charged with “receiving training on the use of explosives, firearms and ammunition with the intention to use them in achieving illegal goals”. They were also charged with the illegal possession of firearms. The prosecutor said that a number of the suspects have been charged with joining Hezbollah, whose purpose is to spread principles that aim at destroying the (country’s) foundations through illegal manners. Asousi also said that 11 suspects have been charged with the possession of eavesdropping devices without proper authorization from the communications ministry. One suspect was charged with illegal possession of machineguns, other firearms and ammunition, and hiding them.
One other was accused of failing to report to the concerned authorities that a suspect possessed explosives, firearms and ammunition, which he intended to use, the public prosecutor’s statement concluded. The case has been referred to the criminal court to set a date for the trial of the suspects who were remanded into custody pending the start of trial. Commenting on the prosecutor’s measure, head of the National Assembly’s foreign relations committee MP Hamad Al-Harashani said that Iran aims at destabilizing the Gulf region. On Sunday, Harashani described Iran as the Gulf’s true enemy. But Shiite MP Abdulhameed Dashti said the government should issue a detailed statement to explain the main targets of the so-called Iranian cell and called for all parties not to rush with conclusions. (Material from KUNA contributed to this report)
By B Izzak