Iran Summons Kenyan Ambassador Over Nationals Jailed in Nairobi

March 18, 2019


Anthony Owino



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The Kenyan Supreme Court upheld the sentences of Ahmad Abolfathi and Seyyed Mansour Mousavi, two Iranian nationals convicted on terrorism charges. The men were arrested in June 2012, convicted in 2013 of planning terrorist attacks and possession of RDX explosives, and originally given life sentences. Their sentences were reduced to 15 years in 2016 and the Court of Appeal later acquitted the men and ordered them freed. This acquittal was reversed by the Supreme Court. Kenyan investigators believe that Abolfathi and Mousavi may have had links to Iran's Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).