Belgian Billionaire Merc De Mesel said he had a very bad experience in the hands of the Kenyan police officers who invaded his home on Monday.
While confirming his Ksh102 million gift to his girlfriend Felesta Njoroge, Mesel decried harassment and false accusation by the police officers handling the matter.
“On Monday while chilling in my house, four police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department invaded my home and arrested me and took me with them together with my girlfriend, had a whole day of questioning. They accused me of money laundering and even terrorist financing,” Mesel stated through his Youtube channel.
Mesel explained the he deposited the money in Felesta’s account after following the right procedure.
“I normally have these conversations with the tax authority. It has happened before, they understand this is just a gift and the paperwork is there,” he stated.
Mesel said the money came from his investments and that there was no need by the authorities to refer to the funds as proceeds of crime.
Mesel is well-known in the cryptocurrency and investments world having accumulated immense wealth over the years. The Belgian investor has been a bitcoin billionaire for years having started trading in the virtual currency in 2008.
The ARA moved to court to seek orders to freeze the account until investigations into the matter is concluded.
In its affidavit, the agency told court that the money was wired into the lady’s account two days after opening the account on August 2, 2021, raising the need to establish whether the funds were proceeds of unlawful activities.
“There are reasonable grounds to believe that the funds held in the account in the name of the respondent, are illicit funds in which the respondent is involved in a money-laundering scheme designed to conceal and disguise the nature, source location and movement of the funds.
“Unless this honorable court grants the orders sought, the respondent will continue to enjoy the benefits derived from proceeds of crime,” ARA stated.