Supreme Court suspends acquittal of two Iranians in terror case

September 28, 2018 5:40 pm
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The Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga agreed with the prosecution, which noted that it will be difficult to secure Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi’s presence back in Kenya to complete their imprisonment because Kenya and Iran have not signed an extradition agreement/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – The Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the acquittal of two Iranians accused of terrorism charges and directed they be held in police custody until determination of an appeal by the State.

The Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga agreed with the prosecution, which noted that it will be difficult to secure Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi’s presence back in Kenya to complete their imprisonment because Kenya and Iran have not signed an extradition agreement.

The two Iranians whose 15-year jail term was quashed by the Appeal Court, filed contempt of court proceedings against Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet alleging that they were held in a police cell in deplorable conditions in contempt of their rights enshrined in the Constitution.

The Supreme Court in March ordered that the two be held in custody in a manner that is in accordance with the law without violation of their rights pending an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions seeking to quash their release.

They were initially jailed for 15 years after being convicted of concealing 15 kilogrammes of explosives they allegedly planned to use to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi six years ago.

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