35 arraigned in court over fake COVID-19 certificates

35 arraigned in court over fake COVID-19 certificates
Some of the people arrested on Thursday, November 26 with fake COVID-19 certificates at the JKIA. Photo: Citizen Digital

Thirty five people have so far been arraigned in court in connection with fake COVID-19 certificates with 11 getting convicted.

Citizen Digital understands 23 others  are yet to know their fate while one person’s case has been thrown out.

According to insiders from the Ministry of Health, those arrested on Thursday with fake COVID-19 certificates have recorded statements with the police.

Among the things that investigators are trying to unravel is the origin of the certificates and who could have issued them.

On Thursday, 21 Dubai-bound passengers were arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for presenting fake COVID-19 and yellow fever certificates.

During the operation conducted by port health officials from the Ministry of Health, the unsuspecting passengers were nabbed after their documents were subjected to special scanning.

Most of the passengers were booked to fly aboard Emirates airline to Dubai.

The operation follows suspension of visa issuance imposed on Kenya and some 12 other countries over alleged rise in number of fake documents being presented by their nationals upon arrival in UAE states.

The other countries include Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.

Reports indicate that on a recent flight from Kenya to Dubai, about 100 Kenyans had COVID-19 free certificates, but on being tested at the airport over 50 of them tested positive.

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