MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan authorities on Tuesday deported
three Italian fugitives wanted by Interpol over drug and
criminal related offenses in their home country.
three, Mario Mele, Alberto Fulvio and Stefano Poli who were on
Interpol’s Red Notice, were handed over to Italian authorities
in Malindi and deported.
They were among twelve suspects arrested in Mombasa during a
joint security operation last week.
Head of Anti-Narcotics Police Unit, Hamis Massa, confirmed
the suspects were handed over to Italian authorities for
"We have handed the three for deportation to their home
country where they are wanted for various crime they committed
before escaping in to the country," Massa said.
In his home country, Mele is facing charges of tax evasion
and fraudulent bankruptcy, involving an amount of 17 million
The suspect is believed to have fled from Italy in 2013.
The 56-year-old was arrested at his PataPata Beach Club in
Fulvio is an Italian fugitive who has been on Interpol’s most
wanted list since 1997.
He fled to Kenya in 1993 to escape an eight-year conviction
in Torini, Italy and acquired citizenship in 2009.
Poli, a 70-year-old from Gomo in Italy, arrived in Kenya last
year after escaping a 10-year and nine-month sentence imposed by
a court in Milan over fiscal fraud and fraudulent bankruptcy.
Coast regional police commander Philip Tuimur said last
Friday that the Italians’ deportation would send the strong
message that Kenya is not a safe haven for criminals.
The war on drugs at the Coast has seen the arrest and
deportation of suspects including the Akasha brothers and their
accomplices to New York.
Baktash (40) and Ibrahim (28) Akasha, and foreigners Vijay
Goswami (Indian) and Hussein Shabakash (Pakistani) were deported
on Jan. 31 to face charges related to running a drug trafficking
They were arrested for allegedly conspiring to import heroin
and methamphetamine into the United States.