Saudi Authorities Round Up Shia in Spying Storm

Abeer Allam reports for the Financial Times:

Saudi authorities have called in several influential Shia Muslim clerics and intellectuals for questioning, as last month’s arrest of 16 people on charges of spying for Iran threatens to raise tensions between leaders of the religious minority and the government in the oil-rich kingdom.

Over the past days and weeks, the interior ministry has summoned scores of clerics and intellectuals from the towns of Ihsaa and Qatif in the oil-producing eastern province for interrogation, Saudi activists say.

Ihsaa is an unusual spelling for the region often spelled as Ahsa or Hasa.