Kenya reduces jail terms for 2 Iranian convicts

President Uhuru Kenyatta and of Kenya and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu signing deals to boost ties between the two nations, Tuesday in Jerusalem.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and of Kenya and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu signing deals to boost ties between the two nations, Tuesday in Jerusalem.

Two Iranians who were jailed for life in 2013 over terrorism-related charges by a Kenyan court will now serve 15 years in prison.

Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi were arrested in June 2012 and charged with possessing 15kg of the powerful RDX explosive.

The two were arrested after police in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa linked them to the explosives found at a golf course.
They were also suspected of planning separate bombings in the capital, Nairobi and Mombasa, using their links with terrorist networks.

According to their lawyers, who had earlier on filed an appeal, the two were Iranian retirees who conducted tour-related businesses outside their country.

Presiding Judge Kiarie Waweru Kiarie who passed the initial judgement expressed his concern on the gravity of damage that would possibly have resulted from the planned attacks.

“I have decided to sentence them to life in prison because the cry of victims of previous terrorist attacks is louder than their (defendants’) pleas for leniency,” Judge Kiarie said handing down the life sentences in 2013.

Earlier that year, their Defence lawyer David Kirimi said he would appeal against the life sentence.

“I do not agree with the sentencing, it is not only wrong but also an act of injustice to our clients,” Kirimi said.
Kenya has experienced a spate of terrorism in recent years, blamed largely on the Al-Shabaab terror group which is based in Somalia.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Israel at the moment, in a bid to cement ties that would see an improved security system, as the country moves towards winning the war against terror.

“The first area Kenya wants to benefit from out these talks, is Israel’s expertise in the war against terror and regional security matters,” President Kenyatta said after meeting Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday.