0137 GMT May 07, 2021
Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on Kenya to immediately release two Iranian attorneys arrested in the African country.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the Kenyan ambassador was summoned on Thursday to receive Tehran’s protest over the arrests.
The Kenyan official promised to quickly follow up the issue and inform Iran’s Foreign Ministry of the result, Qassemi said.
Qassemi said the arrested people are lawyers of two Iranians sentenced to 15 years prison in the country in 2013.
Abdolhossein Safaei and Seyyed Nasrollah Ebrahimi, two Iranian attorneys, had traveled to Nairobi on behalf of the families of two Iranians prisoners in Kenya in order to follow up their cases.
They were arrested and were questioned by the Kenyan police on Thursday upon their return from the prison.
Qassemi said the two Iranians were released after a diplomatic conversation on December 1, but a “third party” interfered and Kenyan police arrested them again.
Qassemi called on the Kenyan government and judiciary to make serious efforts and responsible cooperation toward the immediate release of the two Iranian nationals.