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Deported Turkish businessman attends State House celebrations

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After his inauguration, President William Ruto hosted a luncheon at State House. Among the guests was Turkish businessman Harun Aydin, who was deported by former Interior Security CS Fred Matiang’i.

Aydin was interrogated extensively at the DCI offices on Kiambu Road before being deported to Istanbul, Turkey, last year.

He was arrested by the Anti Terror Police Unit(ATPU) at Wilson International Airport after a visit to Uganda. Allegations of terrorism and money laundering led to the detention of the businessman.

His detention was criticized by Ruto, who claimed it was part of a “political witchhunt” aimed at his supporters. Aydin, he said, is an investor, not a terrorist financier.

“Harun is a victim of top-down arrogance bred by patronage and cartels that criminalise enterprise. Those claiming that this man is a terrorist are not only soiling his name but that of Kenya as a country,” Ruto rebuked.

The investor used a Ksh15 billion loan to launch a pharmaceutical company in Uganda, and the police wanted to understand how he managed to secure such a huge sum. In response to charges that he had gained access to the money through Ruto’s connections, the President strongly denied.

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