Police trace wanted billionaire Humphrey Kariuki in London

Police trace wanted billionaire Humphrey Kariuki in London

The hunt for business tycoon Humphrey Kariuki has been expanded to the European continent after detectives reported to have traced him in London.

He is suspected to have travelled there from South Africa where he was last seen on Thursday.

The tycoon is also suspected to be heading for the European Island Republic of Cyprus where he is a citizen.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for Kariuki to be handed back to Kenya where he faces a Ksh.41 billion tax evasion case.

This comes five days after Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji gave a nod to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to arrest and charge him with evasion of taxes.

Sources privy to the probe have intimated to Citizen Digital that the DPP will be moving to court on Tuesday to seek an international warrant of arrest for Kariuki.

The DCI will also be seeking to repossess Kariuki’s wealth including a five star hotel in Nanyuki, a multibillion shilling mall in Nairobi, private planes and more than 80 high ends vehicles registered under his name.

Last week the courts issued a search warrant allowing the DCI to search his properties across the country.

Despite the court giving a nod to the detectives to seize his property, sources say detectives have only managed to seize two vehicles and one aircraft in Laikipia County.

14 people said to be directors of 31 firms linked to Kariuki are also under the DCI radar.

It is not clear to the detectives whether the businessman who has in the recent past been downscaling operations in the country has denounced Kenyan citizenship to remain with that of Cyprus.

His case came to the fore after DCI George Kinoti led a sting operation at an alcoholic drinks manufacturing plant where tonnes of ethanol was nabbed.