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Kenyan court frees 2 Iranian terror suspects on bail
Monday, July 16, 2012
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NAIROBI, July 16 (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan court on Monday released 2 Iranians who are facing charges of being in possession of dangerous explosive materials on a cash bail of 24,000 U.S. dollars and a surety of 60,000 dollars each.
Nairobi Principal Magistrate Paul Biwott ruled that the case for Ahmed Mohamed and Said Mausoud will now be heard on July 23.
Biwott who said the country's constitution does not differentiate Kenyans and foreigners ordered the duo to inform the police chief where they stay for purposes of surveillance and their security.
Biwott also said the two suspects, who claimed they were tortured by Israeli security agents who were grilling them, were supposed to report to the investigation police officer twice a week until their cases of fully heard and concluded.
Mohamed and Masoud were charged with being in possession of 15 kg of explosives on June 20 in Mombasa. They have since pleaded not guilty.
Last week, the magistrate rejected the 2 suspect's bail application arguing the accused would be safe in custody since they have no known residence in the east African nation.
The accused were also unable to state the kind of business they carry out in the East African nation and have no sureties to ensure they will not escape court appearance.
According to the charge sheet, the Mohamed and Mausoud who were arrested on June 20 in the port city were found armed with the 15 kg of RDX explosives in circumstances that indicate they were armed with intend to cause grievous harm.
The middle aged suspects are believed to be among foreign Al- Qaida terror suspect who have fled Somalia to Kenya and other countries including Yemen.
Sources said the chemical recovered can be used to manufacture improvised bomb that was used in recent blast that rocked Kenyan capital city Nairobi killing one person and injuring 38 others last month.
Kenya security agencies have been on higher alert after intelligent reports hinted that Al-Shabaab terrorists are escaping into the East African nation as the operation to rout the insurgents from Somalia gains momentum
Border patrol have been intensified along the Kenya Somalia border in Kiunga and Dadaad refugee camps to combat the Al-Qaida- linked insurgents to gain entrance into the country .
Al-Shabaab militants have vowed to attack Nairobi after the east African nation which hosted protracted negotiations that culminated in the signing of the federal charter for Somalia in 2005, invaded Somalia to flush out the insurgents it blamed for kidnappings of tourists.
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