6 December 2012

Kenya: Court Shown Iranian Explosives Site

Photo: Capital FM
Two Iranians charged in a Nairobi court for terror activities in Mombasa June last year.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate Kiarie Waweru yesterday had his court session in the open when he went to Mombasa to see where two Iranians are alleged to have hidden 15 kilogrammes of explosive materials.

Waweru was led to the Mombasa Golf course scene where Ahmad Abolafathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousav are said to have kept RDX explosives.

Taxi driver Dennis Kamau, who testified at the scene told the court he picked the two from Royal Castle hotel and drove them to Mama Ngina drive.

"When I parked outside Florida night club, they became uncomfortable and requested me to park near an old coca cola shop. They then got out and went down a path leading to the ocean where they stayed for ten minutes," he said.

The court was told that the two were picked again by the taxi driver on the second day and they requested to be taken to the same spot they had been.

Kamau told the court the Iranians had no luggage with them and they did not meet with anyone during the two days he drove them. However, defence lawyer Kiraithe Wandungi disputed the statement from the witness, saying he had contradicted his police statement.

Kiraithe said Kamau had in his statement said the receptionist called him and asked that he takes the two to interesting places in Mombasa preferably the Indian Ocean.

Kiraithe said Kamau had said he took the Iranians to a place next to Mamba village and Haller park which they said was expensive, and asked to go somewhere cheaper.

Several witness have testified in the case including a cashier from Castle Royal Hotel who told the court that the Iranians had booked to stay for ten days but later changed to five days. She said the two were booked by Gullivers Agency associates.

The two accused have denied being in possession of explosives and of plotting terror attacks. They were released on a Sh3 million bond with Sh5 million sureties each. The high court later cancelled the bail that had been granted by a magistrate.

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