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Billionaire Humphrey Kariuki To Be Put On Interpol’s Watchlist As DCI Kinoti Seeks International Arrest Warrant

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Things are heading from bad to worse for one of Kenya’s most reclusive billionaire. In a statement issued by the DCI Kinoti, Kariuki who’s believed to be hiding in Mozambique is a man on the run and the long arms of the law could soon catch up with him.

Kinoti says they’ve now resorted to use Interpol in arresting the tycoon. In the warrant, Kinoti wants Interpol to arrest and detain Kariuki wherever he is found, with the activation of a Red Notice at airports across the world.

“I am applying for an international warrant of arrest for Humphrey Kariuki through Intrepol for him to be arrested and detained anywhere in the world including all airports,” Kinoti said.

Kariuki is wanted in Kenya to face charges of evading to pay Sh41 billion in taxes through his businesses Africa Spirits and Wines of the World.

Police were last evening looking for reclusive billionaire Humphrey Kariuki after the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Noordin Haji, ordered his immediate arrest alongside eight others on claims of tax evasion amounting to more than Sh41 billion by Africa Spirits and Wow Beverages in Thika.

He is accused alongside Wow Beverages directors Stuart Gerald Herd and Robert Thinji Muriithi, and Africa Spirits Directors Peter Njenga Kuria and Geoffrey Kaaria Kinoti Mbombua.

After perusing their files, the DPP said he was convinced there was sufficient evidence to charge the suspects with being in possession of uncustomed goods, counterfeit excise stamps, tax evasion and fraud, all amounting to more than Sh41 billion.

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The items were confiscated from the factory in February during a raid by a multi-agency team.
Coury earlier today releases his co-accused on a Sh10m cash bail. However, court also summoned Kariuki after failing to appear in court. Humphrey happens to be a dual citizen in Cyprus.


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