Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
SATURDAY, 19 APR 2014
10:18 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Yemen busts Iran spies posing as investors: ministry
Agence France Presse
Painters rest as they wait for customers in Sanaa October 6, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Painters rest as they wait for customers in Sanaa October 6, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
A+ A-

SANAA: Yemen has dismantled a spy ring that included Iranians who entered the country posing as investors looking to set up a factory, the defence ministry said on its website Monday.

The spy cell also had members from Syria and Yemen, the 26sep.net website said, citing an informed source.

"Iranian, Syrian and Yemeni elements were arrested during the past period" across Yemen as part of "Iranian spy cells held in Yemen," the site reported.

It said the Iranians had entered Yemen posing as investors with authorisation to start a factory.

The Iranians began importing equipment through the port of Aden in Yemen's south but when "one of the containers was inspected, it was revealed that the equipment it was carrying was for military... and not civilian purposes," said 26sep.net.

When re-assembled, the equipment could be used for "making rockets and various weapons," it added.

The website did not specify how many people involved in the spy ring were arrested. It also did not offer details on the role of Syrian and Yemeni members of the alleged espionage cell.

In September, Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi accused Tehran of "supporting some armed and political movements in Yemen," adding that "five spy networks working for Iran have been discovered and referred to justice while a sixth network was recently dismantled."

He also accused the Islamic republic of "trying to derail the political" process in Yemen, where a year-long popular uprising led to the ouster of former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh after an agreement was sealed in November.

On Friday, Al-Hayat daily quoted Hadi as saying that Iran was backing a faction of Yemen's separatist Southern Movement seeking to secede by the force of arms.

Sunni-majority Yemen and Shiite-dominated Iran have often regarded each other with mutual suspicion. Sanaa suspects Tehran of supporting rebels of the Shiite Zaidi sect in north Yemen who from 2004 fought six wars with central government forces before signing a truce in February 2010.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Yemen
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Friday April 18, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS