Kenya explains why it deported Turkish national Harun Aydin

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The Kenyan government deported Turkish businessman Harun Aydin because he was involved in criminal activities, including money laundering.

Aydin was arrested on August 7 after arriving in the country from Uganda and was deported two days later, a move that was condemned by political leaders allied to deputy president William Ruto.

During a meeting with the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security on Friday, August 13, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i said he was also extradited over illegal movement in and out of the country.

“In tracing Aydin’s movements, we discovered he was moving around a lot. At one time, he was in Goma, another time Sudan, Zanzibar, Entebbe, among others,” said the minister, who suggested Aydin’s movements might have been triggered by “suspicious” involvements,” said the Cabinet Secretary noting that security officers flagged him for travelling around.

Matiang’i said he received the permit on June 25, 2021, to run Unit 2HA Investment Energy Africa Limited, a firm dealing in energy-related business, on whether the Turk had a work permit in the country.

“He (Aydin) provided the immigration department with a contract stating that he was allowed to work in the energy sector in Kenya. We have, however, discovered that he presented a dummy contract, [and not the genuine approval],” he added.

The CS told the committee that Aydin was not arraigned in Kenyan court following an agreement signed between Kenya and Turkey.

He also dismissed Ruto’s claims that the government apologized for deporting the businessman. The second in command tweeted that he called Aydin and apologized to him for illegal extradition on behalf of the government.

“He (Aydin) provided the immigration department with a contract stating that he was allowed to work in the energy sector in Kenya. We have, however, discovered that he presented a dummy contract, [and not the genuine approval],” he told the MPs.

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