The whole thing looks pretty confusing to me. As stated in the first post in the thread, made by Icon, there seem to have been two arrested groups–one group arrested in late 2014, and one group arrested last month. Below are excerpts from one apparently American article (added to this post by edit), one Chinese article, and several Kenyan ones, followed by one CCTV (China) YouTube news clip and two NTV Kenya ones.
This excerpt, concerning the 2014 arrests, seems to have been at least partially taken from an interview of one of the detainees, from an article in Quartz, which is apparently an American digital publication:
[quote]Luo arrived in September, expecting to be assigned work as a driver. His group—many from the same town, Zigong, in Sichuan province—were mostly in their 20s, with only a middle-school education. They were put in a house in Runda Estate, a spacious suburb protected by guards and security fences in northeast Nairobi. Twenty-seven are from Taiwan, and one is from Thailand. According to Luo, once they arrived they were told to stay inside the house. “We weren’t doing anything. After we got here, all we did was sleep and eat. We never saw the boss,” he says.
On Dec. 2, Luo and a few others were playing poker at the house when plainclothes policemen stormed it. The police ordered them outside, and rifled through their things, seizing cellphones and laptops. Bewildered, someone in the group managed just one word in English—”Why?”—before they were pushed into a van and taken to a nearby police station.
Local media have reported that the group was running a “command center” for hacking, money laundering, and eventually attacking Kenya’s financial and communications system. But the evidence looks thin.[/quote]–Lily Kuo, “The strange case of 77 blue-collar Chinese migrants that Kenya is calling ‘cyber-hackers,’” Quartz Africa, November 20, 2015
qz.com/530427/a-new-wave-chinese … e-instead/
This Chinese newspaper article from late 2014 gives the impression that the 2014 detainees were engaged in a conventional sort of telephone fraud:
[quote]The Chinese embassy said that based on consular visits, many of the suspects are not well-educated and that many do not speak English. This may indicate that the suspects were unable to carry out the cyber crimes, which include hacking into computers. The embassy added that they may have been tasked to simply read a script over the phone to defraud victims in China.[/quote]–“China strongly supports Kenya combating criminal activities in all forms,” China Daily, December 11, 2014
chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014 … 067804.htm
But with regard to those same late-2014 arrests, a Kenyan article seems to give the impression that the first group was up to something more:
[quote]Police said the Chinese were preparing to raid the country’s communication systems.
The centre, with its modern software, is said to be capable of infiltrating bank accounts, M-Pesa accounts and even ATMs. It is suspected to be the biggest such centre in Africa.
The Chinese were discovered after a fire broke out in the rented house, killing one of them. Police had gone to the house to investigate the incident when they found the group hurdled in a room that had “sophisticated” communication gadgets. [/quote]–“77 Chinese held in cyber bust,” Daily Nation (Nairobi, Kenya), December 11, 2014
nation.co.ke/news/77-Chinese … index.html
From the Kenyan articles, so far it has been difficult for me to tell how many detainees are Taiwanese and how many are Chinese.
[quote]Of the 77 suspects arrested in Nairobi, one had a Thai passport while another had a Taiwanese travel document. The other 75 had Chinese passports.[/quote]–“Chinese cyber fraudsters ‘setting up base in Africa,’” Daily Nation, December 7, 2014
nation.co.ke/news/Chinese-cy … index.html
Regarding the 2014 incident, I got the impression that at first, Kenya was not enthusiastic about turning the detainees over to China.
[quote]Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua said Kenya should try the suspects.
“My suspicion is that the Chinese may be using this ploy to have the suspects set free. If the offence was committed in Kenya and is contrary to the laws of Kenya, then Kenya should try them,” he said.
Sources within the Kenya police told the Nation that the Chinese Government had presented “findings” that the suspects electronically siphoned over 100 million Yuan (about Sh1.5 billion) from unsuspecting Chinese citizens.[/quote]–“China pushes Kenya to hand over suspects linked to cyber fraud,” Daily Nation, January 15, 2015
nation.co.ke/news/China-Pris … index.html
The second group, arrested last month, appears to have been arrested in the same area of Nairobi as the 2014 group.
[quote]NAIROBI: Twenty two Chinese and 19 Taiwanese nationals have been arrested after being found setting up high tech communications equipment in a house in Runda, Nairobi. They also had 14 laptops and eight mobile phones.
According to the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, the suspects arrived as tourists between January and February this year on visas that were to last for three months.
“They were at last stages of setting up the command centre similar to the one we dismantled here last year. We believe they are involved in international scheming of money where people loose cash electronically. This is a serious crime. They will take plea.” Muhoro said.[/quote]–“41 foreigners caught illegally installing powerful communications equipment in Nairobi,” Standard Digital (Nairobi, Kenya), April 8, 2016 standardmedia.co.ke/article/ … in-nairobi
This is about the 2014 arrests, from CCTV, Chinese television news:
This is also about the 2014 incident, from NTV Kenya, Kenyan television news:
This is from NTV Kenya, on last month’s arrests:
So far I haven’t been able to find a CCTV YouTube item on last month’s arrests; I’ve only been able to find CCTV items on the deportations. I’m not saying that that there are no CCTV news items on YouTube about the 2016 arrests. The arrests could be covered in the clips about the deportations, which I didn’t check.