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William Ruto Associate Harun Aydin Transferred To Anti-Terrorism Police Unit

Deputy President William Ruto’s Turkish business associate Harun Aydin was this morning intercepted at Wilson Airport moments after landing from Uganda.

The Turkish national was later transferred to Kilimani Police Station where he was processed and officially booked.

Aydin was among the team scheduled to accompany Deputy President William Ruto to Uganda earlier this week and was the only non-Kenyan on the flight.

The suspicious Turk has now been transferred to the Anti-terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) along Ngong Road for further questioning.

This has been revealed by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi who was alongside Mr Aydin during his arrest this morning.

“Together with the lawyers at the Anti Terror Nairobi Offices on Ngong Road where Harun Aydin is locked, we have been denied access. They also refused to arrest me,” he wrote on a Facebook update.

Also at the scene was criminal lawyer Cliff Ombeta.

The Anti-terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) is a unit within the Directorate of Criminal investigation mandated to mitigate and investigate terrorism-related cases in the country.

It was formed in the year 2003 as a unit based at the Police headquarters to investigate all Terrorism matters.

This was after several terror attacks were experienced in the country for example U.S Embassy (1998) and the Kikambala (2002) terror attacks.

Mr Aydin is a suspected old-time terror suspect who was once arrested in Germany in late 2001 and was found carrying suspicious luggage which included camouflage clothing, materials to produce explosives, as well as a chemical weapons protective suit.

According to The New York Times, Aydin was at that time a leading member of a militant group in Cologne, Federation of Islamic Associations and Communities, led by Muhammed Metin Kaplan alias the caliph of Cologne.

Mr Aydin was attempting to board a flight to Tehran in Iran.


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