Iranian lawyers acquitted of Kenya terror charges
TEHRAN - Two Iranian lawyers charged by Kenya earlier this month with planning a terrorist act arrived home on Thursday after being acquitted and released, Iranian media reported.
Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahimi and Abdolhosein Gholi Safaee had been charged and remanded in custody by a Nairobi court on December 1 for filming the Israeli embassy in Kenya.
"The two Iranian lawyers ... returned to Iran in the company of deputy foreign minister Hassan Qashqavi," who had travelled to Nairobi to follow up their case, the ISNA news agency reported.
"They have been acquitted by a Kenyan court of all of the charges and landed at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport today."
Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the two men were "official lawyers of the justice ministry... who travelled to Nairobi on behalf of the families of two Iranian prisoners in Kenya for a legal follow-up".
Along with a Kenyan driver, they had been to Kamiti prison outside Nairobi to visit two Iranians, Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi, who are serving a 15-year term after being convicted in 2013 of possessing explosives.
Ghasemi thanked Kenyan officials for their efforts "to confirm the innocence of the two Iranian citizens".
Iran had called in the Kenyan ambassador over the case which it had described as a "misunderstanding" and the result of the "hostile intervention of a third party".
That was widely understood be a reference to Iran's arch-foe Israel.