Iran’s ambassador to Kenya in botched plot to smuggle terror suspects

The Iranian Embassy in Nairobi has dismissed reports that it tried assisting terror suspects escape from the country.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has launched investigations into a botched plot by Iranian ambassador Haji Farajvand to irregularly free two individuals who were convicted of terrorism and smuggle them out of Kenya.

Confirming the failed plot, DPP Noordin Haji said that “This is unacceptable and a clear attempt to subvert the course of justice and the rule of law. I intend to notify the Supreme Court about the latest developments because the two are now a flight risk.” 

Reports indicate that the envoy had enlisted the services of two fraudsters- Wesley Kiptanui Kipkemoi and Mr Shemgrant Agyei who posed as high ranking government officials, believing that he could circumvent justice and release Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi who are in police custody.

The saga which has been running for seven years began in 2012 when the two Iranian nationals who claimed they had come to the country as tourists were arrested and accused of planning a terror attack after being linked to a lethal explosive identified as RDX.

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A Nairobi court sentenced them to life imprisonment that would later reduced to 15-years in jail after they appealed at the High Court.

The case would move to the Court of Appeal where three judges quashed the sentence and set them free, a decision that saw the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) moved to the Supreme Court to challenge their release.
Supreme Court judges allowed the police to hold the suspects until a decision is made on their fate. It is at this point that the Iranian envoy embarked on an elaborate plan to circumvent justice but ended up in the hands of fraudsters.

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Mr Kipkemoi and Agyei were arrested on Friday for their role in the elaborate plan with reports indicating that they had defrauded the envoy of an unknown sum of money.

According to the head of Anti Terrorism Police Unit Munga Nyale, the suspects are believed to be “high-profile operatives in their country and that is why there could be efforts to secure their release by all means”.
Reports indicate that the envoy was so confident of success that he even bought air tickets for the two who would be smuggled out of the country through JKIA.

It is only after he realized that he was dealing with conmen that he sought the help of security agencies that the matter landed at the DCI.
It is alleged that the envoy has been attempting to make contacts with high ranking government officials in a bid to secure the release of the two.

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