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File photo shows Bahraini government supporters carrying signs at a rally in Muharraq, Bahrain, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Arabic signs at lower right read: "Iran." (AP)

File photo shows Bahraini government supporters carrying signs at a rally in Muharraq, Bahrain, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Arabic signs at lower right read: “Iran.” (AP)

Manama, Asharq Al-Awsat—An appeals court in Bahrain has upheld a ten-year prison sentence given to a man accused of spying for Iran.

The ten-year jail term, which was passed in July 2011 by a lower court, was upheld yesterday by the Court of Appeals in Manama, reported the state-owned BNA news agency.

The report also revealed that two accomplices were given the same jail term in absentia.

According to the BNA report all three men were, “convicted of spying for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard from 2002 until April 2010 with the aim of damaging Bahrain’s national interests.”

“They demanded and received money from the Iranian side in exchange for sensitive military information and other data concerning vital locations in Bahrain.” The report added.

According to Bahraini media, the convicted man, who has not been identified, passed “military information” to two Iranian diplomats based in Kuwait.

The convicted spy was recruited by the diplomats during a visit to relatives in Kuwait, with the information he supplied passed on to the Revolutionary Guards.

Last week, the convictions of 21 medical workers for their involvement in the 2011 protests were overturned by the court of appeals.

In Saudi Arabia last month, authorities arrested 18 suspected spies, including an Iranian and a Lebanese, on charges of espionage for a foreign country. Saudi authorities officially declared a link between the 18 suspected spies and Iran’s intelligence apparatus, citing preliminary investigations conducted by the Saudi security services.

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