BY SAM ALFAN.
Four Chinese nationals accused of murdering a man in Addis Ababa have been handed to the Ethiopian authorities after they were arrested in Kenya following an alert by Interpol.
The four Chinese men allegedly fled to Kenya after allegedly killing Fu Hui, at a Chinese restaurant in Addis Ababa. An alert was issued by Ethiopian federal police, who contacted their Kenyan counterpart.
Fu Xiuzhong, Liu Jie, Huang Zhipeng and Wang Mingchao were arrested by the officers from Directorate of the Criminal Investigations and arraigned before Garissa Magistrate court.
They were later presented before Milimani Chief Magistrate courts in Nairobi and allowed to detain them for fourteen days pending investigations.
Police Inspector Ezekiel Luley of Anti-Terrorism Police Unit had told the Nairobi Court the four Chinese were arrested on June 14 at Korondile Market Wajir County.
They were escorted to Garissa to assist detectives with the investigations.
Upon their arrest they were transferred to ATPU over suspicion of being illegally in the country. Their arrest was triggered by a fact that they did not have identification documents and were unable to speak in a language that can be understood.
Inspector Luley told the court from the intelligence reports received by Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) is that the four alongside another Chinese national Wang Haito holder of passport E86222805 who is still at large, were escaping arrest were involved in the murder of their fellow Chinese national Zohu Yung at Kirkos sub-city worenda 02 in Tolossa Legesse hotel in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
The five are also said to have caused grievous bodily harm other Chinese Yang Kun and Ding Young who are currently admitted in hospital in critical conditions.
The court further heard that ATPU officers in Lamu, Moyale ,Isiolo, Garissa, Dadaab, Elwak, Mandera and Wajir are pursuing Wang Haito who is believed to be hiding in North Eastern part of Kenya.
“We are doing background checkups to establish whether the four have terrorism links in Ethiopia and China,” Inspector Luley told the court Tsegaye Haile, who is the director Ethiopian Interpol, the four suspects were arrested following a joint operation between their authorities and Nairobi.
This was after the Ethiopian security Agencies “red notice” 24 hours after the suspects fled from Addis Ababa.
Authorities in Kenya and Ethiopia have been working closely to fight crime as well as launching joint operations to combat terrorism which has been a pain point in development in East Africa.