The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti, on Thursday, evening disclosed he would launch an international search for a Kenyan billionaire.
Kinoti is set to apply for an international warrant of arrest against tycoon Humphrey Kariuki, who is wanted over tax evasion.
Speaking to Capital FM News, Kinoti affirmed that he would be seeking Interpol’s help in arresting the businessman, who is out of the country.
Kariuki holds dual citizenship from Cyprus.
In the warrant, Kinoti desires Interpol to arrest and detain Kariuki wherever he is found, with the activation of a Red Notice at airports across the world.
“I am applying for an international warrant of arrest for Kariuki, through Interpol, for him to be arrested and detained anywhere in the world including all airports,” Kinoti highlighted.
Kariuki is wanted in Kenya to face charges of evading to pay Ksh41 billion in taxes, through his businesses, Africa Spirits, and Wines of the World.
This comes after DPP Noordin Haji ordered for his arrest, together with eight others involved in the tax evasion.
The arrests were ordered on Thursday after Haji declared he had enough evidence to charge the persons.
“Therefore applying the provisions of the national prosecution policy and having independently reviewed the file, I’m satisfied that there is enough evidence and it is in the interest of the public to charge the following suspects,” Haji wrote in the statement.
Others to be prosecuted together with Kariuki are Stuart Gerald Herd, Perter Njenga Kuria, Robert Thinji Muriithi Geoffrey Kaaria Kinoti Mbombua.
Also on the list were Sethu Prabhu, Eric Mulwa Nzomba, Simon and Kepha Githu Gakure.
All the suspects are set to be charged with being in possession of uncustomed goods, conspiracy to contravene section 193, being in possession of counterfeit excise stamps contrary to section 40 and aiding the commission of a tax offence.
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