Kenyan lawyer in ICC case linked to new president discovered useless

NAIROBI, Kenya — Police I’m a Kenyan lawyer going through fees on the Worldwide Legal Court docket of bribing and threatening prosecution witnesses in a previous ICC case in opposition to Kenya’s not too long ago elected president has been discovered useless.

Paul Gicheru had pleaded not responsible earlier this 12 months to all eight counts of interfering with witnesses within the case in opposition to William Ruto, who had been charged with involvement in violence after Kenya’s 2007 election that left greater than 1,000 folks useless.

A police report seen by The Related Press stated the household of the 50-year-old Gicheru discovered him unconscious at his house Monday night time. ‘The physique was discovered mendacity on the again, clear, casually dressed and no saliva or blood on any physique opening,’ the report says, noting that ‘the deceased is a recognized diabetic and hypertension affected person.’

The police report famous that Gicheru’s 20-year-old son, who informed his mom that Gicheru ‘had taken one thing,” was later discovered with ‘froth’ coming from his mouth and problem respiratory. He was in secure situation at an area hospital, the report stated. It was not clear what occurred.

In feedback to reporters, household lawyer John Khaminwa stated the household had described Gicheru as pressured within the hours earlier than his dying. ‘He was not himself,’ Khaminwa stated. The household intends to herald pathologists to ‘have a look at his inside organs and different issues,’ he stated.

The Kenya Human Rights Fee stated it was ‘involved with the surprising information of the premature dying’ and urged a swift and conclusive investigation.


The fees in opposition to Ruto and others, together with earlier President Uhuru Kenyatta, had been dropped in 2016 when the case fell aside amid allegations of witness interference. Ruto denied the allegations in opposition to him. The court docket’s determination to drop the case specified that it did ‘not embrace new prosecution sooner or later.’

Ruto was chairing his first Cupboard assembly on Tuesday after being sworn in on Sept. 13 following a slim election win.

ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah stated he couldn’t touch upon Gicheru’s case however solely on the process to be adopted: ‘If there’s details about the dying of an accused, a affirmation of this data ought to be submitted to the (trial) chamber after which the chamber points a choice ending the case.’

Judges are at present contemplating their verdicts within the case. No date had been set for a listening to to ship the judgment.


Related Press author Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed.