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Iranian 'terrorists' appeal life sentence

25 November 2013, 17:57 Milicent Kawii

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 network.

Kenya was hit by a series of bombings and attacks last year, for which the government blamed the Somali Al Shabaab militia.



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