Iranians face July 23 Kenya trial over explosives

July 16, 2012 15:55

NAIROBI - A Kenyan court on Monday set a trial date of July 23 for two Iranians arrested after police seized chemicals they believed the pair would use to make explosives in Mombasa, which has suffered a series of attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

The capital Nairobi and other parts of the country have also been hit by grenade attacks since Kenya sent troops into Somalia last year to crush al Shabaab insurgents it blames for a surge in violence and kidnappings threatening tourism in east Africa's largest economy.

Judge Paul Biwott freed the Iranians, Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi, on bail of 2 million shillings ($23,800) each on Monday and ordered police to hand their passports to the court.

"The offense for which the suspects are charged is bailable and I see no reasons to deny them bail. I hereby grant Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi cash bail and to report at the Kenyan police twice a week," Biwott said in his ruling. He did not go into further detail on why bail had been granted.

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