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American fined KES 100k for staying in the country on expired passport

16 October 2013, 13:24 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - An American citizen has been charged by the Mombasa law courts for being in the country on an expired passport.

David Michael Stroop appeared before the Mombasa resident magistrate Irene Ruguru Wednesday after he was arrested by police on patrol in Nyali on October 12 at his home.

The prosecution produced a passport that had expired on August 8.

The accused, David Michael, pleaded guilty to the charges and said that he did not see the importance of having a renewed passport when he came through the airport because he was only coming to pick his wife and head back to the US.

Following the confirmation that Michael was indeed aware of the charges that had brought him before court, he was slapped with a fine of KES 100 000 or serve a jail term of one year before being deported back to his country.

The arrest was done following the ongoing crack down on illegal immigrants in Mombasa.

The crackdown began after reports indicated that a large number of illegal immigrants have been entering the country through the Mombasa port, and also the ongoing security crack down following the ongoing probe on Westgate attack that left at least 69 people dead.

The Mombasa law courts has sentenced more than 15 illegal immigration since the Westgate attack took place, and the number is expected to increase as police have intensified their crackdown following the shocking number discovered in the past few weeks.

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