Saudi Arabia says arrests 18 in spying investigation

By REUTERS
March 19, 2013 22:39

 
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RIYADH - Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that 18 people, including one Iranian, one Lebanese citizen and 16 Saudis, had been arrested for spying.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki told state television the arrests were made four days ago and the suspects were being investigated before being handed over to judicial authorities.

"This is a case of espionage and those have been involved with a spy network working for a foreign country," Turki told state television.

"They were gathering information about installations and vital areas in the country and providing intelligence agencies of that state with it," he added, without naming the state.

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