Police raid Kamlesh Pattni offices in JKIA fire investigation
Updated Sunday, August 25th 2013 at 09:38 GMT +3
|Police officers leave Kamlesh Pattni’s offices in Westlands after a four hour raid on Saturday. [PHOTO:GEORGE MULALA/ STANDARD]|
Nairobi, Kenya: Detectives have raided the home and offices of controversial businessman Kamlesh Pattni in connection with the devastating fire that crippled operations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) earlier this month.
The beleaguered billionaire businessman was Saturday afternoon questioned at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters over several issues including the inferno, one of his lawyers and police said.
Pattni, who was later released, says he was probed on the JKIA fire.
CID officers descended simultaneously on Pattni’s offices in Westlands as well as his home in the leafy suburbs of Kitusuru in the wee hours of Saturday where they carted away documents and later detained some of his workers.
The Standard on Sunday has established that the well-orchestrated operation is in connection with the recent JKIA inferno that razed the entire arrivals terminal of East Africa’s biggest airport.
Other officers said they were also checking on claims that the Goldenberg architect was hosting illegal immigrants at his premises.
The officers landed at Pattni’s offices at about 6.30am and seized several documents including laptops and central processing units (CPU’s), in what is believed could give crucial leads into the investigations.
“They thoroughly ransacked the offices for more than four hours,” explained one of Pattni’s employees in Westlands. “After the operation, they left with several documents including six laptops, five CPU’s, an iPhone, iPad and three flash disks.”
CID director Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed the operation but said he had not been fully informed or briefed on the same.
Concealed number plates
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said he had not been fully briefed on what the officers recovered.
Shivandah wi Shinyalu.25 August 2013 5:05 AM
Does this Suggest the 350 Youth who entered the Airport and demolished the Duty Free Shops were sent by Bro. Paul ???? Pattni really deserves the Name Paul
Mariora25 August 2013 2:43 AM
Kenya police officers must always respect security guards from big firms. After role security officers from recognized big firms i.e. kksecurity & Secures etc. undergo intensive training than regular police apart from guns handling. At these err police should be handling security guards as their cliques as they all follow under security docket and compliment one another. Security firm provides employment to ex police officers without discrimination. Police if they don't stop harassing security guard during raids/ after theft, we shall lobby security firms association to boycott recruiting ex police men.