Iran on Friday urged Kenya to release two of its citizens charged by a Nairobi court with planning a terrorist act after being arrested for filming the Israeli Embassy in the capital. Kenyan State Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu said in court on Thursday that Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahimi and Abdolhosein Gholi Safaee were arrested Tuesday in an Iranian diplomatic car while taking the pictures of the Israeli mission using a mobile phone. He said the two were found with video footage of the embassy. But according to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, the two men are “official lawyers of the justice ministry… who traveled to Nairobi on behalf of the families of two Iranian prisoners in Kenya for a legal follow-up.” The men, along with a Kenyan driver also charged on Thursday, had been to Kamiti prison outside Nairobi to visit two other Iranians, Ahmad Mohammed and Sayed Mousavi, serving a 15-year term for possessing explosives after being convicted in 2013. Ghasemi said the arrest of the two lawyers had been the result of a “misunderstanding,” and called for their immediate release. Kenya’s ambassador to Tehran was called to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday and told of the “hostile intervention of a third party in a finished case, undoubtedly with the intention of damaging good Iran-Kenya relations,” Ghasemi said, without specifically referring to Israel. Iran and Israel have been arch-foes since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem had no comment on the incident.
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