Iran denies links with ‘terrorists’



Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet

The Iran government has denied claims by the two terror suspects arrested last week in Nairobi had links with the country’s security intelligence officers.

Iranian ambassador to Kenya Hadi Frajvand yesterday disputed Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet’s claims the suspects, Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, and Yassin Sambai Juma, 23, had been spying and recruiting for an Iranian terror group.

While addressing journalists at Embassy in Nairobi, Hadi said suspects in Kenyan custody are neither Iran nationals nor had links with its officers.

“The embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran denies any relation of these two persons with Iran’s security and intelligence officers and is of the view that publishing news is a hastily and counter-productive step,” Hadi told journalists.

The envoy claimed that the embassy was kept in the dark before Boinnet made the announcement which he said they learnt through the media and was not serving the good relationship between Kenya and Iran saying the duo is Kenyan and got training in Iraq and not Iran as being claimed by a section of the media. “Iraq is not Iran, Iraq is a sovereign state operating differently from Iran,” he added.