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Flamboyant Jared Otieno arrested : The Standard

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The home police say Jared Otieno recently acquired. He is under investigation for allegedly conning a Chinese national. [Courtesy]

Flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno has been arrested after he presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

This was after a Chinese national claimed Otieno and others had defrauded him of Sh300 million pretending they would supply him with gold.
The Chinese national complained to the officers in Nairobi.
DCI boss George Kinoti said detectives seized Otieno’s Porsche and Bentley that were parked at his new, ritzy home in Karen, Nairobi.

Impounded: Jared Otieno’s Porsche and Bentley. [Courtesy]

Kinoti said Otieno was wanted and his team had been looking for him since last week.
“He has been arrested and we are looking for more suspects in this issue,” he said.
It is not the first time Otieno is being arrested over similar claims.
Surrender
Otieno surrendered to police this morning after learning he was wanted over the issue. Police had been to his homes but failed to find him.
“I don’t know what I have done but I have surrendered to the police. I am ready for any action for now,” he said.
Kinoti said several suspects who are now on the run had been mentioned in the issue and are being sought.
He added Otieno had been identified in CCTV footage confiscated from a house in Kileleshwa area on Monday as the owner of the premises and the main driver of the business.
Detectives from the cybercrime unit are studying CCTV footage confiscated from a house where fake gold was seized on Monday.
Police told the court that detectives are pursuing more suspects who are believed to be at large as well as obtain elimination prints to establish the suspects’ movements.
Police say they suspect the suspects are engaging in cyber-related crimes within and outside the country hence the country at risk. The tenant is yet to be known but police said they are waiting for leases signed between the owner and tenant.
Fifteen suspects who were arrested in the operation will remain in police custody for seven more days pending the conclusion of investigations.
The accused were arraigned in court on Tuesday where the prosecution sought for more time to conclude investigations.
In a miscellaneous application, police told the court more time was needed to establish the nationalities of three of the suspects- Abouma Famous, Salim Ali Abubakar and Albert Likole Lokunda.
The investigators also said they were yet to confirm the genuineness of the metal bar alleged to be gold that was recovered in the respondents’ office on Kaputei road in Valley Arcade, Nairobi.
The suspects were nabbed in a rented stand-alone house on Kaputei road in Valley Arcade, Nairobi, where fake gold was also discovered.
The consignment bearing Ghanian custom papers was stuffed in metallic boxes and their weight had been altered using cement and mallets.
Eight vehicles belonging to the suspects bearing fake number plates were also seized during the raid.
The officers said the raid was part of a larger operation that is ongoing on the fraudsters operating in the country.
This followed numerous complaints that had been registered with the DCI with many foreigners being conned.
“We receive at least two complaints that they have been defrauded of money in a gold syndicate. And they give similar descriptions on the players in the ring,” said another officer aware of the probe.
The operation was triggered by a complaint by members of Dubai royal family that was defrauded close to Sh400 million by some of the players in the syndicate.
The complaint and subsequent probe into the matter forced police to raise concerns over rising cases where foreigners are conned of money by Kenyans operating with fake gold bars.
The probe is set to start officially after the complainant or their representative records a statement with the police.
Kinoti urged Embassies and High Commissions to advise their nationals coming in for business.
“The gold scam has now reached alarming levels as unsuspecting foreign nationals are being swindled large amounts of money by fraudsters,” he said.
Kinoti said Kenyans and foreign nationals must ensure that they conduct proper due diligence on the person(s) they intend to engage in the gold buying business.
The police boss said foreigners should first contact the Department of Mines and Geology for briefing  on the gemstone trade in the country

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North Korea threatened Thursday to scrap a military agreement with the South and close down a cross-border liaison office unless Seoul stops activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border.

The statement issued by the powerful younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un comes amid a deep freeze in inter-Korean ties, despite three summits between Kim and the South’s President Moon Jae-in in 2018.

North Korean defectors and other activists have long flown balloons across the border carrying leaflets that criticise Kim over human rights abuses and his nuclear ambitions.

“The South Korean authorities will be forced to pay a dear price if they let this situation go on while making all sort of excuses,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

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Calling the defectors “human scum” and “rubbish-like mongrel dogs” who betrayed their homeland, she said it was “time to bring their owners to account” in a reference to the South Korean government.

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She threatened to scrap a military pact signed during Moon’s visit to Pyongyang in 2018 aimed at easing border tensions, and shut down a cross-border liaison office.

But most of the deals agreed at that meeting have not been acted on, with Pyongyang largely cutting off contact with Seoul following the collapse of a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi last year that left nuclear talks at a standstill.

OPERATIONS SUSPENDED

Operations at the liaison office have already been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the North has carried out dozens of weapons tests since the military agreement was signed.

Kim Yo Jong also threatened to pull out permanently from joint projects with the South including the Kaesong Industrial Park and Mount Kumgang tours – both of them money-spinners for the North that have been suspended for years due to sanctions over its weapons programmes.

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Cops hunting for rider who fled with friend’s Sh505K and switched off phone – Nairobi News

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Police are looking for a boda boda rider who disappeared after receiving Sh505,200 he had been sent by his friend to collect for her.

Bernard Onsase had been sent by Monica Macharia to collect the money from her friend at Wilson Airport on May 9.

He later switched off his phone and disappeared.

Shaurimoyo police station is obtained court orders to compel telephone services provider Safaricom to share details of Onsase and his wife Asenath Omwenga’s mobile phone numbers.

Police constable Mohamed Ragow told Makadara chief magistrate Heston Nyaga that Onsase has been Macharia’s customer but moved his family and relocated to an unknown place.

Police want Safaricom to avail M-Pesa transaction details of the couple’s phone numbers from May 9 to date and any other information that may help in obtaining concrete evidence for the case.

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The police also want to have access and carry away document related to transactions of Onsase’s account and Safaricom to provide other telephone numbers the two could have registered.

Nyaga granted the orders, but, however, pointed out that 90 percent of Kenyans are likely to do what Onsase did.

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Tunisia announces 3rd phase of lifting Covid-19 restrictions

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Tunisian minister in charge of major national projects Lobna Jribi announced on Wednesday the main lines of the third phase of the national strategy for partially lifting the coronavirus lockdown.

“From June 4, work will resume at 100 per cent capacity in public administrations and in the other sectors of activity,” Jribi said at a press briefing at the government’s headquarters in Tunis.

She announced that mosques, all worship places, hotels and restaurants will reopen on June 4.

“Party halls will reopen on the same date,” said the minister, adding that the enclosed spaces will operate at 50 per cent of their capacity and the open spaces will operate at full capacity, but in compliance with hygiene measures.

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Various sporting activities will be resumed from June 8 without the public “for the moment,” while respecting the preventive measures fixed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Travel between all Tunisian governorates will resume without authorisation, said Jribi.

Tunisian nationals abroad will be repatriated from June 4 to June 14, “and priority will be given to students and residents who have lost their jobs”.

“Since March 15, 2020, Tunisian authorities have managed to ensure the repatriation of 25,000 Tunisians stranded abroad, including 18,000 by air and 7,000 via land borders,” said the Minister of Transport and Logistics, Anouar Maarouf, at a press briefing held in Tunis on Wednesday.

SCHEDULED FLIGHTS

Maarouf said that several flights have been scheduled recently to repatriate Tunisians living in various countries who wish to spend the summer holidays in Tunisia.

“However, the programming of new repatriation flights does not mean opening the borders,” explained Maarouf.

He stressed that any Tunisian national repatriated will be called upon to comply with a mandatory confinement of two weeks; “one week at the hotel at his own expense – during which two screening tests will be carried out, with one upon arrival and the other upon exit – and a second week at his home.”

EXEMPTED FROM QUARANTINE

Students, employees whose contract of employment has expired, Tunisian nationals in difficult financial situations, and those who have been stranded in the destination countries will be exempted from the quarantine fees.

On May 26, Mohamed Rabhi, head of the health quarantine commission at the ministry revealed that mandatory quarantine in Tunisian medical centres over the Covid-19 concerns has so far cost the state 15 million dinars (5 million US dollars).

On June 1, Tunisia decided to reopen the land, air and sea borders from June 27, but Tunisian nationals abroad will be repatriated from June 4.

On Wednesday, Tunisia reported one imported Covid-19 case, bringing the total number of cases to 1,087.

The Tunisian government has imposed strict confinement measures shortly after the announcement of the first coronavirus case on March 2.

The North African country has received several batches of medical aid from the Chinese government, Chinese foundations and companies since late March to help its fight against the pandemic.

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