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UK undercover trio fined in Kenya

Three British men arrested in Kenya - reportedly on suspicion of terrorist activities - have been fined by a court in the east African country.

Nick Cryne, 30, Niall Young, 34, and Ben Hope, 27, today reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful employment and misleading immigration officers.

They were working undercover for a private intelligence firm and were trailing two executives alleged to have been swapping company secrets when they were stopped by police, their company said.

The Associated Press reported the trio were each fined each fined £220.35 (35,000 Kenyan Shillings) after entering the guilty pleas to a Kenyan magistrate.

Cryne, from Manchester, Young, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and Hope, from Birmingham, were working for Intelligere, a firm which offers corporate investigation services.

Gary Lincoln-Hope, chief executive of Intelligere, said earlier: "We have spent the weekend in contact with the British Embassy in Kenya and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

"They have been tremendously helpful.

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

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

Cryne, an unmarried former Royal Marine, was leading the team, a spokesman said.


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