Turkish businessman Harun Aydin’s lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi now says he was not deported, but left Nairobi 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”,” Lawyer Ahmednassir wrote on his Twitter handle Monday morning, August 9.
The businessman was arrested on Saturday by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at Wilson Airport after landing in the country from Uganda. He was expected to be arraigned in court today.
Earlier, the senior counsel had blasted the state for Aydin’s alleged deportation, claiming it was a political attack on Deputy President William Ruto.
“The government cannot deport someone just because he is a friend to the DP. We will challenge that and bring him back to this country whether it is this year or next year it doesn’t matter,” he said.
DP Ruto allies react to Turkish investor departure
Meanwhile, some of DP Ruto’s allies have reacted to Aydin’s ‘deportation’.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen says the Turkish investor left the country to allow political temperatures around his link to DP Ruto cool off.
“Turkish Businessman Harun Aydin was NOT DEPORTED he was “requested” to leave the country “voluntarily” to help cool things off and for the desperados to save face. The truth however is that the pressure from Turkish government was unbearable. Questions were asked&answers are a MUST,” Murkomen added.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot says the alleged deportation has made Kenya an unfavourable place to invest in.
“The deportation of Harun marks the lowest we’ve ever sunk as a nation in regards to being a favourable investment destination. We are now at par with other failed nations where to do business you need personal protection of those in power (brokers) and not the law. Shameful.!”
Aydin’s lawyers have vowed to fight for his return through the courts.
“We will challenge that and bring him back to this country whether it’s this year or next year it doesn’t matter,” Ahmednasir said.