Kuwaiti prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for a six-strong Iraqi spy ring found in possession of concealed weapons that could be used for assassinations, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The six men were arrested in two raids in May and charged with "infringing Kuwait's independence and unity, possession of drugs, illegal entry and spying" for which maximum penalty is death or a life term, Al-Anba said.
Two of the men, Mutashar Radi Oudah al-Ghezi and Khaled Mezel Ardous, had in their possession more than 22 guns "in the shape of pens and key-holders" of the type used for assassinations, Kuwaiti prosecutors said.
After interrogation, Kuwait's interior ministry said the men confessed to being members of the Iraqi secret intelligence service.
They also confessed to having smuggled drugs into Kuwait, and the security forces recovered more than 3,000 pills they had hidden in the desert, the paper said.
The six men, caught on a tip-off, also carried leaflets printed by Iraqi intelligence for distribution in Kuwait, which was occupied by Iraqi troops for seven months until the 1991 Gulf War.
Their trial opened Saturday at Kuwait's criminal court but was immediately postponed until October 7 - KUWAIT CITY (AFP)
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