Sunday, May 5, 2013

Embassy to help kin of two Iranians appeal ruling

PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT Iranian terror suspects Ahmed Mohammed and Sayed Mansour are led to the Milimani prison cells after the judgement of a case in which they were found guilty of possessing explosive materials.

PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT Iranian terror suspects Ahmed Mohammed and Sayed Mansour are led to the Milimani prison cells after the judgement of a case in which they were found guilty of possessing explosive materials.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

The Iranian embassy in Kenya will help families of two men convicted of terror activities by a Nairobi court last week to appeal.

The country’s ambassador, Mr Malik Hussein Givzad, said the embassy would help the families of Sayed Mansour Mousav and Ahmad Abolafath Mohammad to appeal after the judgment is delivered on Monday.

“As an embassy, what we can do is to assist the families of the convicted to seek redress at the High Court, if the lawyers feel that there was no concrete evidence,” Mr Givzad said.

The ambassador added that the case would not sever relations between Kenya and Iran adding that they respected the Kenyan judicial process.

“Iran has cordial business relations with Kenya. This was a judicial process, which we respect,” the ambassador said.

Last Thursday, Milimani Law Courts chief magistrate Kiarie Waweru found Mohammed and Mousavi guilty of possessing 15kg of explosives. He, however, deferred the judgment to Monday.

Mr Givzad absolved his government from claims that it supports terrorism, saying, if two people are convicted, it does not mean Iran is a terrorist state.

“We know who the terrorists are. Iran has been the target of terror like Kenya,” he said.

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