News ID: 173822
Published: 0420 GMT December 14, 2016

Kenya frees two Iranian lawyers

Kenya frees two Iranian lawyers

A Nairobi court dropped charges against two Iranian lawyers who were arrested by the Kenyan police earlier this month.

The Iranian nationals had been in custody since Nov. 29, reported.

The country's police had claimed that the two Iranians, Abdolhossein Safaei and Nasrollah Ebrahimi, along with their driver, were arrested outside the Israeli Embassy with video footage of the facility.

A court order issued Wednesday said an agreement had been reached between prosecutors and the Iranian Embassy leading to the termination of criminal charges.

On December 2, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi urged Kenya to immediately release two of its lawyers arrested in the African country upon "intervention by a third party".

Qassemi said that Abdolhossein Safaei and Nasrollah Ebrahimi are “attorneys-at-law at [Iran’s] Justice Ministry and university professors who have traveled to Nairobi upon the request of the families of two Iranian prisoners in Kenya to follow up on their case and provide legal counseling”.


rejected claims that the conflicts in the region were linked to religious issues, saying it was the US and its regional allies who created such crises and attributed them to religion.


“The Sunni people of Aleppo, Mosul and other cities are being slaughtered by Takfiri criminals; therefore, these crises have nothing to do with Sunnis or Shias,” the Leader said.

The Leader also underlined the need for the collective fight against Takfiri groups, including Daesh, as one of the main challenges facing the region, warning that the Palestinian issue could be further sidelined due to current crises created by the Takfiris.


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