Kuwait Sentences Two to Death for Spying for Iran, Hezbollah

One of the convicted is a Kuwaiti while the other is an Iranian tried in absentia; other suspects get sentences from five to 25 years.

Saudi King Salman (R) meets the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah before the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 9, 2015.

A Kuwaiti court sentenced two men accused of spying for Iran and Hezbollah to death on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said.

The case also included the possession of weapons. One of the men given the death penalty was an Iranian convicted in absentia, and the other was a Kuwaiti who was in court.

Other suspects were given sentences ranging from five to 25 years, and three were found innocent.

Tensions between Shi'ite-ruled Iran and Sunni-ruled Gulf countries have escalated since a diplomatic dispute between Tehran and Riyadh erupted after Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric this month.

Saudi Arabia broke off relations with Tehran after its diplomatic missions were stormed by Iranian protesters in Iran, while Kuwait has recalled its envoy to Iran.