Iranian 'terrorists' appeal life sentence
25 November 2013, 17:57
Nairobi - Two Iranian men sentenced to life imprisonment for being in
possession of 15kg explosives have lodged an appeal against the judgment at a Nairobi Court.
Sayed Mansour Mousavi and Ahmed Abolfathi Mohammed were both
handed life sentences after being convicted for intending to cause
grievous harm and plotting a crime.
The two, who were arrested in Nairobi in
June last year, want a speedy hearing of their appeal and have requested to be
released on bail pending the appeal.
However Justice Msagha Mbogholi suggested
the case be heard afresh.
Their Lawyer Kiraithe Wandungi, told the court that the two
want to be present during the hearings and their case to be handled
urgently because of the "peculiar circumstances".
Justice Alex Ithuku directed that the case be heard on December 4.
The two allegedly shipped in 100 kgs of explosives, out of
which 85 kgs has never been recovered.
It was alleged at the time that it was unclear whether the
pair had ties to al- Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia or were part of another
Kenya was hit by a series of bombings and attacks last
year, for which the government blamed the Somali Al Shabaab militia.