Court orders man’s deportation to USA
A Nairobi court has ordered the extradition of a Kenyan businessman wanted in the United States of America (USA) over money laundering.
Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Micheni allowed an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji that sought to extradite Abdulrahman Imraan Juma to the US to face charges of money laundering charges, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
While allowing the application, the magistrate said that the investigations have been done by US agencies and the witnesses are not in Kenya.
It was also the court’s finding that there was no evidence produced in court which showed that Juma will not get a fair trial in the US.
“The prosecution has laid down the threshold for him (Juma) to be extradited to the US for a fair trial,” ruled the magistrate.
The court also noted that there are three fugitives who are currently being held in the US awaiting trial.
“The US will accord him a fair trial, I hereby allow an application by the state and order that he be taken to the US to face trial,” the court ruled.
Juma has been in custody since December 15, 2021 when he was arrested by DCI detectives.
DPP through Senior State prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki had filed an application for extradition, saying Juma is wanted in the US over claims of money laundering and is alleged to be part of an international gang that conspires to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft by targeting unsuspecting businessmen who need loans.