Manchester Man Arrested In Kenya

26 September 2011, 14:30

A Manchesters man's been arrested along with 2 other Brits in Kenya on suspicion of terrorist activities.

The company they were working for, Intelligere, reckons they were working undercover for a private intelligence firm.

Nick Cryne, an unmarried former Royal Marine from Manchester was leading the team, Niall Young from Cheltenham and Ben Hope from Birmingham were stopped by police while trailing two executives alleged to have been swapping company secrets.

Intelligere, a firm which offers corporate investigation services, said the group formed a three-man team and had been tasked with tracking the pair.

Gary Lincoln-Hope, chief executive of Intelligere, said on Monday:

'We have spent the weekend in contact with the British Embassy in Kenya and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

'They have been tremendously helpful.

'We hope to see our three employees released from jail tomorrow.

'Their activities conducted prior to being arrested and put in jail were wholly legal. They are not linked to terrorism.'

31 year old Cryne, Young and Hope are due to appear in court in Kenya.

Intelligere is a division of the XFOR Group which handles international corporate intelligence operations.

A Foreign Office spokesman said:

'We are aware that a number of British nationals were arrested in Mombasa, Kenya, on September 22. We are providing consular assistance to them.'

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