An African Union (AU) Diplomat, who Dodged Sh3.6 Million Nairobi Hotel Bill, Plans to Escape Kenya, Possibly with a Different Identity

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    An African Union (AU) Diplomat, who Dodged Sh3.6 Million Nairobi Hotel Bill, Plans to Escape Kenya, Possibly with a Different Identity

    Nairobi – KENYA (Horn Observer) An African Union diplomat (AU), who dodged Sh.3.6 Million from Nairobi Hotel bill and was arrested by the Kenyan authorities, plans to escape Kenya, possibly with a different identity, witnesses and sources revea

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Nairobi – KENYA (Horn Observer) An African Union diplomat (AU), who dodged Sh.3.6 Million from Nairobi Hotel bill and was arrested by the Kenyan authorities, plans to escape Kenya, possibly with a different identity, witnesses and sources revealed.

 

 

Kenyan authorities arrested last week, Omar Faruk Osman, who also holds both British passport and AU diplomatic passport in addition to his Somali passport, at the Jomo Kenyata International Airport in Nairobi, following complaints by local tours and travel firm Pinnacle – which organised a conference on his behalf at the Laico Regency Hotel five years ago, which resulted a Nairobi court to issue his warrant.

Justice Charles Kariuki issued a warrant for his arrest after Pinnacle went to court claiming that Mr Osman, who has been on the run since 2012, has occasionally sneaked in and out of Kenya without settling the debt. He expected to appear in court on May 17. 

 However, Mr. Osman, was spotted at the Somali Embassy in Kenya on Monday, possibly applying new Somali passport, according to officials who requested to remain anonymous, because they are not entitled to speak publicly, which if he acquires the new passport plans to travel to Sweden, after applying Swedish Visa. Its not clear if the Somali Embassy in Nairobi is aware of his situation and calls to the embassy went unsuccessful.

The sources added that the process is being facilitated by both Somali friends in Nairobi and Swedish nationals from Swedish Trade Unions Confederation (LO) who are weighting on his escape, according confidential email document cited by Horn Observer. The document includes instructions about his escape from Kenya and the process of the visa application to be facilitated by LO in Sweden he obtains the new Somali passport, leaving behind the debt and all his three other passports including the AU Diplomatic passport. 

 Its not yet clear how far the Swedish nationals are involved in this scam or why they helping Mr. Osman to run away with the long awaited debt.

Faruk was arraigned in court on Monday and was released after depositing Sh1.8 million as security and surrendering his three passports, pending the hearing and determination of a case Pinnacle has filed at the Milimani Court.

According to Business Daily in Nairobi, Omar Faruk claimed that he had diplomatic immunity and has African Union diplomatic passport and can not be accused nor should he file a case as well. But, an important question which arises from that point is that, "Do AU diplomats have immunity over cases related to depts. Incurred by them personally?”

The United Nations in Somalia issued a report against Omar Faruk Osman on 2012 citing allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds, while warning donors to deal with him citing the level of risk too high. 

 

 

 

In the meantime, Following a court order from Somali high court and Benadir Appeals Court which stripped off his leadership position in the union, which he used to claim and ordered the union’s General Assembly to start on May 3, 2016, Omar Faruk left Mogadishu for Nairobi, in an attempt to evade the court orders and the participation of the NUSOJ General Assembly which is under at City Palaza Hotel in Mogadishu for the 8th day.

The Congress of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) commenced on May 3 with the presence of the Benadir Appeals Court chief and continues 8th day at City Palaza hotel in Mogadishu with delegates who traveled across the country to elect new leadership anytime soon with the presence of Observers both from Somali High court and Benadir Appeals court. 

 This is not the first time, Faruk gets arrested over unpaid debts. On November 2013, Ethiopian authorities arrested him over unpaid hotel and taxi bills and later deported to Somalia, after Ethiopian court in Addis Ababa ordered his deportation.




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