Lawyer Paul Gicheru who was facing trial at ICC is dead

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 27 Sep, 2022 06:33 | < 1 min read
Lawyer Paul Gicheru. PHOTO/Courtesy
Lawyer Paul Gicheru. PHOTO/Courtesy

Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru, who was facing charges of witness tampering at the International Criminal Court (ICC), is dead.

Police confirmed that Gicheru was found dead at his Karen home in Nairobi on Monday night.

The cause of his death is yet to be established but police reports indicate that he had foam in his mouth.

Gicheru surrenders to ICC

Gicheru surrendered to Dutch authorities in the Hague, Netherlands, on November 2, 2020, five years after the ICC issued an arrest warrant against him and his co-suspect, Philip Kipkoech Bett.

He was facing trial after the court confirmed six charges against him in July 2021.

Pre-Trial Chamber A, composed of Judge Sophie Alapini-Gansou, stated that the prosecution had sufficient evidence that the accused person tampered with prosecution witnesses through bribery and corruption in the failed case against President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

In June this year, both the prosecution and defence teams made their final submissions on the matter. The court is yet to deliver its verdict.

In his submissions, Gicheru pleaded with the court to dismiss the case against him saying he was innocent.

The court released Gicheru to Kenya on February 1, 2021, with restrictive conditions on his liberty.

Ruto and Sang were charged with instigating violence after a disputed 2007 election when at least 1,200 people lost their lives and 600,000 others displaced.

The case against the two was vacated in 2016 for lack of sufficient evidence.

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