Ruto Associate Harun Aydin Deported

  • Turkish businessman Aydin Harun
    Turkish businessman Aydin Harun
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  • Deputy President William Ruto's business associate Aydin Harun has been deported from Kenya - according to his lawyers.

    Harun, a Turkish national, was reportedly deported on Monday morning, August 9, after being detained by the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) for two nights.

    He left at 4:25 a.m. for Instabul, a city in Turkey, aboard a Turkish flight.

    Speaking at Kahawa Law Courts on Monday, August 9, his lawyer, Ahmednassir Abdullahi, indicated that Harun was deported from Nairobi back to Turkey.

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    DP William Ruto alights from a helicopter
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    "Confirmed Harun Aydin was deported. The government realised it can't sustain a criminal case.

    "How can you arrest someone from the streets everyday and say that he has financed terrorism and then as the government you do not even have the guts to bring him to court so that you can see that process through. It shows how shameless you are," the Senior Counsel announced. 

    He further vowed that with the assistance of other lawyers, he would challenge the decision to deport the Turk claiming that it was made without proper procedure.

    Ahmednassir's sentiments were corroborated by Digital Strategist Denis Itumbi who claimed that the Turkish citizen was also a brother to a former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

    "Harun Resit Aydin deported. For the record, Aydin is a Turkish citizen and a brother to a former PM of Kazakhstan," claimed Itumbi.

    The woes began on Monday, August 2, when Deputy President William Ruto was blocked from leaving the country and flying to Uganda via the Wilson Airport. 

    It was later revealed that as part of his mission was an investment in which both the DP and Harun were going to oversee.

    Upon his return from Uganda on Saturday, August 7, the Turkish investor at Wilson Airport and detained at ATPU office causing a political firestorm countrywide.

    Ruto's allies argued that the arrest was carried out as an attempt to dwarf him political while leaders allied to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga questioned the investor's activities in Uganda.

    Responding to Aydin's arrest, the Deputy President described the arrest as top-down arrogance which was being supported by cartels.

    "Turkish investor, Aydin Harun, is a victim of top-down arrogance bred by patronage and cartels that criminalise enterprise. Importers' goods declared contraband, Africa Spirits closed, Keroche harassed, now an investor with valid papers labelled a terrorist. Tragedy of political pettiness," DP Ruto tweeted.

    Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi in court
    Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi in court
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