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Bail revoked for Iranian terror suspects in Kenya

Court says magistrate made mistake in releasing men, accused of plotting to blow up Israeli and Jewish sites

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Iranian nationals Sayed Mansour Mousavi, center, and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad, right, in the Nairobi magistrates court in Nairobi, Kenya, where they faced charges related to the possession of explosives. (photo credit: AP/Khalil Senosi, File)
Iranian nationals Sayed Mansour Mousavi, center, and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad, right, in the Nairobi magistrates court in Nairobi, Kenya, where they faced charges related to the possession of explosives. (photo credit: AP/Khalil Senosi, File)

A court in Nairobi revoked bail Tuesday for two Iranian nationals facing charges of planning terror attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets in Kenya, the All Africa website reported.

Ahmed Mohammed and Sayed Mansour had originally been released on bail of 2 million Kenyan shillings each (about $24,000), after a magistrate determined their offense was not grave enough to hold them.

The Nairobi court said it was canceling the bail after an emergency request from the state prosecutor, who said the men constituted a flight risk.

“The magistrate made an error because the offences the two face concern grave issues on national security,” state counsel Edwin Okello said.

The court also temporarily adjourned the trial of the two until next month.

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Mohammed and Mansour are accused of being in possession of 15 kg of RDX explosive and face charges of links to a terror group planning attacks in Mombasa and Nairobi. Another 85 kilograms of explosives were allegedly shipped to Kenya as well, though the men have not given police details on where the explosives are.

The men were arrested in June and have allegedly been interrogated by Israeli investigators.

According to the Associated Press, their targets included the Israeli Embassy and a Nairobi synagogue.

Kenya is a popular vacation destination for Israelis. In 2003, terrorists blew up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa and attempted to shoot missiles at an Israeli airplane in the resort city.

Israeli officials have said Iran-backed terrorists are targeting Israelis abroad. Israeli officials say a terror attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, on July 18 that killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver was carried out by Lebanese group Hezbollah with Iran’s support.

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