Iranians on terror charge denied bail

Written By Michael Maunda on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 12:35 PM


A Kenyan court has rejected a bail application by two Iran nationals arrested with explosives.

Nairobi senior principal magistrate Paul Biwott said Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi are a "flight risk".

The court said the accused, who were charged on Monday, are only “safe in custody since they have no known abode in Kenya".

He upheld the contention by the State that "they are a threat to public security given the alleged explosives recovered from them by the state security apparatus".

The magistrate was impressed upon to take into account national security, the public good versus the rights of the accused.

Mr Biwott disregarded a contention by defence lawyer  David Kirimi that they detention will sour the bilateral relations between Kenya and Iran.

He ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody until their case is heard and determined.

“The question of relations does not arise given the threat posed by the suspects,” chief inspector Nzau Musangi told the magistrate.  

"The defence lawyer is not well placed to comment on the bilateral relations between Kenya and Iran.”

Insp Musangi said: "The accused are threat to the general public. We don’t enough police officers to attach to the accused to monitor what they are doing.”

He urged the magistrate to be alive to the recent terror attacks in the country.

Mr Musangi dismissed as total lies allegations by the suspects that “they were tortured while in police custody by Israeli security officers".

The suspects alleged that they were denied medical attention saying they were sick and need urgent treatment

The court ordered the accused to be escorted to the Nairobi Hospital for treatment at their own cost.

They were arrested with 15 kilogrammes of RDX explosives with an intention to cause grievous bodily harm.
Source: Daily Nation