Underground operations that were put in place to escape two Iranian terror suspects

Iranian Sayed Mansour Mousavi (L) and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed after being sentenced to life in prison on terror-related charges, including the possession of explosives allegedly for use in bomb attacks, on May 6, 2013. The two have lodged an appeal against the judgment at the High Court in Milimani. PHOTO/FILE

According to police investigations, the strategy to flee two Iranian nationals charged with terror attacks out of the country involved a top Iranian diplomat, a Kenyan lawyer, a Ghanaian national and a reward of Sh15 million if they succeeded to “safely evacuate” the two, Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi, from the grip of Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU).

However to detach a terror suspect from the country, tight security is always accorded a suspect under the custody of Anti-Terror Police Unit.

Police sources revealed to the news rooms that the ambassador had been looking for high-level contacts in government who could help him to secure the release of Mr Mohammed and Mr Mousavi.

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Police suspect the two are members of the Quds Force — an elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that carries out covert foreign missions, including terror attacks.

The ambassador was reported to have been so confident that the two suspects would be freed that he went to an airline’s office, alongside an aide, to book three tickets — his, Mr Mohammed’s and Mr Mousavi’s — to leave the country.

An affidavit by ATPU investigator Geoffrey Busolo, who detailed how the alleged plan was hatched before it was uncovered says two air tickets, for Mohamed and Mousavi, had been purchased and temporary Iranian passports produced in readiness for their escape and to facilitate their safe flight back home.

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At the centre of the escape bid were prisons officer Wesley Kiptanui Kipkemoi, lawyer Robin Bundi Nyangaresi and Ghanaian Shemgrant Agyei, who the prosecution claimed were recruited by the Iranian official to free the duo.

The Iranian diplomat had allegedly told Kipkemoi he had instructions from his home country to secure Mohamed and Mousavi’s escape for Sh15 million without the embassy’s involvement being discovered.

Dr Hadi Farajvand,

The Iranian ambassador to Kenya, Dr Hadi Farajvand, who has been linked to a failed attempt to secure the release of two Iranian terror suspects from police custody, now claims he is being victimised.

The diplomat admits meeting two suspects, who reportedly defrauded him of an unknown amount of money on the pretext that they could secure the release of the suspects — Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi — but denies doing business with the two men.

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