NAIROBI– A diplomatic row between Kenya and Iran is in the offing after a number of members of the Kenyan Parliament accused the Iranian ambassador, Hadi Farajvand, of being involved in undiplomatic practices.
The MPs on the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs claim that the ambassador is compromising key Kenyan government officials to secure the release of two terrorists of Iranian nationality serving jail terms in Kenyan prisons.
The committee members, led by Nyaribari Chache MP Richard Tongi claim that Farajvand is using his position to allegedly promote the interests of terrorists. The MPs allege the ambassador has been attempting to subvert Kenya’s justice system by compromising key government officials to secure the release of the two Iranian terrorists.
Innocent Kenyans working at the Iranian Embassy, Iranian investors seeking to invest in our country and Kenyan businessmen working in partnership with their Iranian counterparts have brought to our attention complaints of the ambassador who has been extorting and intimidating them under the cover of diplomatic immunity, the MPs said.
The two Iranians in question, Ahmad Abolfathi and Sayed Mansour, were arrested in June 2012, charged and convicted for smuggling explosives into Kenya.
The MPs say that attempts by the Iranian ambassador to push for the release of convicted terrorists’ risked ruining the good relationships between Kenya and Iran.
The members of the Parliamentary committee also allege that the Iranian ambassador has been extorting money from Iranian and Kenyan investors who call on his office for assistance and facilitation.
The MPs now want the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to address itself to the allegations against the Iranian ambassador and plan to summon the Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Foreign Affairs to provide answers.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK