Kuwait has decided to shut down Iran’s cultural attaché office in the country and reduce the number of Iranian diplomats. The reason – Tehran’s alleged ties with a “terrorist group” plotting attacks against the Persian Gulf state, Arab media outlets reported.The Arab media suggested that the decision came after 14 suspects linked to the outlawed group namely “Abdali cell” fled to Iran.
Kuwaiti judiciary had earlier charged 25 of its Shia nationals and an Iranian with spying for Tehran and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday that anyone withholding information on the whereabouts of convicts involved in a “terror” cell known as, “Al-Abdali,” should contact authorities immediately, or face legal repercussions.
A statement provided by the ministry urged anyone with information on the criminals to come forward and contact 112, after authorities “received evidence that some of the convicts are at large.”
“We call on all citizens and residents to cooperate with security forces and provide any information they may have,” the statement noted.
Meanwhile, the ministry warned, “all those who conceal any information on the convicts or are complicit in helping them escape, will face incarceration for two years and, or, a fine of no more than KD 1,000.” In September 2015, the public prosecution indicted a number of individuals for acts that threatened national security and unity.
The defendants were accused of providing intelligence to Iran and Hezbollah as well as housing weapons, ammunition and communication devices.