Turkish national in Deputy President William Ruto’s failed trip to Uganda Harun Aydin has been linked to money laundering and terrorism activities, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has revealed.
Appearing before a parliamentary committee on Administration and National Security in Mombasa on Friday, August 13, Matiang’i said that the investigation he conducted with his ministry showed that Aydin has direct links to money laundering and terrorism.
“Harun Aydin’s track movement is a characteristic of people involved in money laundering and terrorism,
“His passport shows, he has left the country twice without a stamp of arrival; this means he was sneaked into the country,” Matiang’i said.
According to the CS, Harun Aydin had been flagged by an intelligence organization in one of the neighboring countries where his close associates were arrested after a botched attempt to bribe a minister.
“In that country, one of the people he (Harun Aydin) was dealing with was arrested for trying to bribe a minister and a number of other things,” he said.
When asked why Aydin was not presented before a court of law, the CS said the mutual agreement between the two countries did not allow that as his mother country requested for him to be tried and charged back in Turkey.
“We deported him on the understanding we had with the government. We mutually agreed with the Turkish government to surrender him to their security agencies to process him,” he said.
The CS who was speaking barely days after his controversial deportation further revealed that the information Aydin had filled on the work permit was incorrect and fraudulent and that he is not an investor as purported.
“There’s no investment anywhere. He was a criminal, a strange character masquerading as an investor,” he said.
Matiang’i further told the committee that Aydin’s documents indicated that he was working in the energy sector, but his contract was a dummy and during investigations, they realized that he did not have a known address.
“The phone numbers Harun Aydin filled in his work permit were ringing and picked by other people,” Matiang’i explained.
Matiang’i who the Hustler camp has been accusing of taking DP William Ruto’s roles further downplayed media reports that the government of Kenya apologized to Aydin.
“The government of Kenya has not apologized to Aydin Harun. Why should we apologize for doing what we agreed we were supposed to…we were in touch with the Turkish government,” he said.