Fact Check: German Court Cleared Ruto’s Turkish Ally Harun Aydin Of Terror Charges

On Monday, 2nd August 2021, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto was allegedly barred from leaving the country for a private visit to Uganda. The DP was in company of Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Kinango MP Benjamin Tayari, businessman Dr David Langat Bett, Dr Eric Ruto, Elija Ronoh and Harun Aydin.

Ruto’s plane manifest

Ruto’s allies accused the state of frustrating the second in command, laying their blame on the President, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Interior PS Karanja Kibicho.

Nindi Nyoro, who was allowed to travel to Uganda alongside the other members of Ruto’s entourage, claimed that the government had instructed immigration officers at the Wilson Airport to deny Ruto clearance.

Murkomen opined that the frustrations meted on the DP were as a result of the resounding win they registered in the Kiambaa by-elections, where they floored Uhuru’s candidate.

Kenyans have today morning been treated to a fresh twist of the story. Nation newspaper reported that Ruto was denied exit because he had a person of interest in his plane manifest. Several local blogs and political commentators picked the story and Harun Aydin’s name has been awash social media platforms. Reports that Harun Aydin is still a terror suspect are false according to the findings of our digging.

Nation Newspaper Headlines

Mr Aydin was once a terror suspect previously arrested in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2001 with luggage containing camouflage clothing, a chemical-weapons protection suit, a ski mask and materials to produce an explosive detonator.

Also found in the luggage were CD-ROM with a training video for Islamic holy warriors, a suicide note to his wife and a last testament.

Aydin was believed to be a leading member of a Cologne-based Islamic group whose leader, Metin Kaplan, was serving a prison term for calling for the murder of a rival religious leader.

The Turk was however released according to reports by the Los Angeles Times.

Harun Aydin

Aydin’s lawyer proved to the court that his client only wanted to fly to Tehran for a book fair and had agreed to take a bag for another Turkish passenger who had excess baggage.

According to the article, an investigating judge had ordered that an arrest warrant against him be lifted because allegations against the then 29-year-old man had proved unfounded, clearing him of all the terror allegations. This debunks reports that the Turkish businessman is a person of interest to anti-terror authorities.

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