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August 21, 2018

Court orders immediate deportation of 22 Kenyans over illegal stay in Somalia

Somali refugees are pictured at the Ifo camp in Dadaab near the Kenya-Somalia border. Photo/File
Somali refugees are pictured at the Ifo camp in Dadaab near the Kenya-Somalia border. Photo/File

A Mogadishu court on Wednesday ordered the deportation of 22 Kenyans for being in Somalia illegally, or risk imprisonment.

The judge further said the Kenyans will be fined Sh1,000 each, for every day they spend in Somalia, while their employer will pay Sh1million fine.

The employees of Liber Link, a foreign software company, denied charges of working without a permit.

Kenya has in the recent past deported 359 illegal immigrants to Somali, since the launch of a security crackdown in April 2014.

Those deported were said to be registered refugees.

In January, UNHCR issued guidelines of repatriation to Somalia and called on countries not to send back individuals before interviewing them to ascertain they do not face persecution or other serious harm if returned.

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