Deputy President William Ruto has claimed he has apologised to ‘deported’ Harun Aydin on behalf of the Kenyan government.
The second in command still holds the opinion that the Turkish national was persecuted because of associating with him.
In a tweet on his official page, William Ruto said that Harun was not forcefully deported, but rather asked to leave the country voluntarily not to embarrass those who persecuted him.
“Just talked and apologised on behalf of the Government of Kenya to Aydin Harun, now in Turkey, who was politically arrested, tortured & falsely profiled as a ‘terrorist’ but later asked to fly out not to shame those involved,
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His sentiments come after reports on Monday morning, alleging that Harun Aydin had been deported to Turkey by government officials.
On August 9, Harun Aydin’s counsel, led by lawyer Ahmednasir appeared at the Kahawa Law courts, only for the Turkish national to be a no-show.
After checking the flight details from the immigration, the lawyer clarified that Aydin was not deported, but left the country ‘voluntarily.’
“Slight clarification. Harun Aydin wasn’t “formally deported” by the Kenyan authorities. No passenger processed for deportation was on the last Turkish Airlines to Istanbul this morning. Harun Aydin left Nairobi “voluntarily”, Ahmednasir wrote on his Twitter.
Harun Aydin became a wanted man in Kenya due to his links to William Ruto.
In July, the Turkish national accompanied Ruto to Uganda, and later on Zanzibar for business engagements.
However, the government’s trap fell on Harun on August 2, when he was to accompany Ruto to Uganda on another private mission.
This led to the aborting of Ruto’s trip to Uganda, on grounds that he did not seek clearance from his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Harun successfully headed to Uganda but was arrested at the Wilson Airport after his return on Saturday, August 7.