Saudi Arabia has arrested 32 spies with links to Iran's regime in three years, according to a report on Sunday in the Saudi daily Okaz.
The spies were 30 Saudis, an Iranian, and an Afghan who were all part of espionage rings working for Iran's regime, Okaz wrote.
The 32 spies with links to the Iranian intelligence services are still on trial and the public prosecutor has recently presented his evidence against each of the suspects, the daily said.
The charges include the formation of a spy cell, which liaised and collaborated with elements of the Iranian regime's intelligence ministry to provide secret and sensitive information related to the military and that affects the national security, the territorial unity and integrity of Saudi Arabia and its armed forces.
The suspects are also accused of meeting the Iranian regime’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei and coordinating with agents from the Iranian intelligence, according to Okaz.
Other charges include attempts to carry out acts of sabotage against economic interests and vital installations in Saudi Arabia, to undermine social peace and public order, to spread chaos, to incite sectarian strife, and to carry out hostile acts against the kingdom.
The suspects also face accusations of high treason, and attempting to recruit people working in state agencies to commit acts of espionage for the Iranian intelligence service.
According to the charges, most suspects had travelled to Iran and Lebanon where they were trained on espionage techniques including drafting coded messages.
Some of the suspects had hacked into computers to obtain sensitive information related to the internal and external security and the national economy of Saudi Arabia, Gulf News wrote on Sunday.
Others charges included supporting riots and demonstrations in Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, possessing weapons, forging documents and accepting bribes.