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14 Kuwaiti Shiite fugitives flee to Iran: report

AFP  |  Kuwait City 

Fourteen Shiite Kuwaiti citizens convicted of forming a cell with ties to Tehran have fled by sea to Iran, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported today.

Citing high-ranking security sources, the Al-Seyassah daily said the 14 men fled to on speedboats hours after Kuwait's supreme sentenced them to lengthy jail terms for plotting attacks in the Sunni-ruled emirate.

Kuwait's interior ministry was not immediately available for comment.

The supreme last month overturned an acquittal by the appeals and sentenced 21 defendants to jail, including one for life, for forming a cell with ties to both Shiite and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement and for planning attacks in Kuwait.

The defendants who fled were not in custody prior to last month's sentencing because they were freed after their acquittal by the appeals last year.

Around a third of Kuwait's native population of 1.35 million is Shiite.

Kuwait is leading mediation efforts in a regional crisis pitting Qatar against Saudi Arabia and its allies over accusations Doha is too close to and funds Islamist groups.

Qatar has denied the allegations.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 16:22 IST