Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Hamad al-Sabah looks at the smuggled weapons.
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Hidden in large plastic containers was a weapons cache, the largest discovered in Kuwait's history.Kuwait charged 25 of its nationals – all of them Shiites – and an Iranian with spying for Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah.The case has opened up sectarian divisions in Kuwait. Kuwaiti prosecutors said the men intended to carry out "hostile acts" against Kuwait.Khalid al-Shatti, a defense lawyer for Hassan Hajiya, the Kuwaiti man sentenced to death, said the case was politically motivated.The government and state security officials have said the weapons show that Tehran was seeking to destabilize Kuwait and other countries in the region by infiltrating and manipulating local Shiite communities.Historically, relations between Kuwait's Sunnis, who make up between 70 and 85 percent of the country's 1.4 million citizens, and its minority Shiite community, have been mostly amicable.Members of Kuwait's Shiite community regularly keep weapons at home, he said, in part because of the rise of Sunni militant groups in the region.
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