Bahrain presents new evidence against three men who spied for Qatar

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Bahrain’s public prosecution has announced new evidence against three suspects they say spied for Qatar.

The verdict in the case against Ali Salman Ali Ahmed, Hassan Ali Jumaa Sultan and Ali Mehdi Ali Al Aswad is set to be announced on June 21, Bahrain’s state news agency BNA reported.

They three men have been accused of treason and collaborating with Qatar and of committing “hostile acts against Bahrain with the intention to overthrow the political system”, Bahraini public prosecutor Osama Al Oufi was quoted as saying.

The suspects are also facing charges of passing defense secrets to a foreign country, accepting money from a foreign country for providing it with military secrets and information about the internal situation if the country, spreading tendentious rumors and fallacies abroad to weaken the Kingdom’s economy and undermine its prestige.

Bahrain said Qatar’s former PM Hamad bin Jassim had urged Ali Salman, the former head of Bahrain’s opposition group, to press on violent protests in the country in 2011.

Bahraini TV broadcast last year a recording attributed to Hamad bin Jassim and Ali Salman, in which they plotted to destabilize the country's independence.

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