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Court to review Qatar spying case on Nov. 27

Public prosecution says charges based on clear evidence

Gulf News

Manama: The case involving three Bahrainis suspected of spying for Qatar will be reviewed by Bahrain’s High Criminal Court on November 27.

Public Prosecution Advocate General Ahmad Al Hammadi said Ali Salman, the former head of the now-dissolved Al Wefaq Society, Hassan Sultan and Ali Al Aswad will be tried for with spying for a foreign country to carry out subversive acts against Bahrain and undermine its political and economic status and its national interests in order to topple the regime.

Other charges include passing on defence secrets to a foreign country, accepting money from a foreign country in exchange for supplying military secrets and information related to the internal situation in the country, and broadcasting news and false and malicious rumours abroad to weaken financial trust in the kingdom and undermine its status.

Al Hammadi said the public prosecution charges are based on evidence gathered from the testimonies of witnesses and recorded telephone conversations between Ali Salman and Hassan Sultan with Qatari officials that included agreements and coordination between the two sides to carry out subversive acts against Bahrain.

The public prosecution also relied for evidence on Qatar’s record of activities targeting Arab countries, mainly Bahrain, and its use of media to incite people against the political regimes in these countries while having close contacts with nationals opposed to their countries, such as the Bahraini suspects in the case, Al Hammadi added.

Bahrain said the phone conversations were recorded during the dramatic events that hit Bahrain in 2011.

Only Ali Salman is in custody, serving a jail sentence since 2014.

On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt severed their diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremists and funding terrorism.

Kuwait has since tried to mediate in the crisis, but its efforts have not so far achieved any breakthrough.