December 2, 2016
Iran urged Kenya on Friday to immediately release two Iranians charged with collecting information for a terrorist act after filming the Israeli Embassy in Nairobi, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
The two Iranian nationals and their Kenyan driver were arrested in a car belonging to the Iranian Embassy on Tuesday. The diplomatic status of the two Iranians was unclear.
Tasnim reported that the Kenyan ambassador to Tehran was summoned on Thursday by Iran’s Foreign Ministry over the arrest and that the “necessity for the immediate release of the two Iranians was underlined during the meeting.”
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman denied any wrongdoing by the arrested men, saying they were university teachers in Tehran.
“The two Iranians are lawyers who had gone to Kenya to provide their jailed Iranian clients in Kenya with legal counseling,” spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. “Police arrested them as they returned from a meeting with their clients in prison.”