Iran’s foreign ministry denied yesterday that two of its citizens were on trial in Bahrain for spying there, Arabic-language Al Alam television reported.
“The (report of the) trial of two people, allegedly Iranian citizens, has no truth behind it,” ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as telling the network.
“Such false reports are a form of diversion to divert public opinion away from the reality on the ground in Bahrain,” he said.
He did not provide further details.
On Tuesday, Bahrain’s official BNA news agency reported that two Iranians, along with one Bahraini, were being tried for spying for Tehran.
The three are accused of providing military and economic information to the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards between 2002 and April 2010, with “the intention of harming the national interests of the country,” BNA said.
The report came at a time of heightened tension between Tehran and Manama, with the kingdom accusing the overwhelmingly Shia Muslim Islamic Republic of supporting a Shia-led pro-democracy uprising there.
Iran, which has repeatedly voiced its support for Arab revolts, sharply condemned the intervention of a Saudi-led Gulf force in Bahrain as well as the subsequent crackdown on protesters. Reuters