Kenyan lawyer in ICC case linked to new president found ineffective

NAIROBI, Kenya — Police I am a Kenyan lawyer going by means of charges on the Worldwide Authorized Court docket docket of bribing and threatening prosecution witnesses in a earlier ICC case in opposition to Kenya’s not too way back elected president has been found ineffective.

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

A police report seen by The Associated Press acknowledged the family of the 50-year-old Gicheru found him unconscious at his home Monday night time time. ‘The physique was found lying on the once more, clear, casually dressed and no saliva or blood on any physique opening,’ the report says, noting that ‘the deceased is a acknowledged diabetic and hypertension affected individual.’

The police report well-known that Gicheru’s 20-year-old son, who knowledgeable his mother that Gicheru ‘had taken one factor,” was later found with ‘froth’ coming from his mouth and drawback respiratory. He was in safe state of affairs at an space hospital, the report acknowledged. It was not clear what occurred.

In suggestions to reporters, family lawyer John Khaminwa acknowledged the family had described Gicheru as pressured throughout the hours sooner than his dying. ‘He was not himself,’ Khaminwa acknowledged. The family intends to herald pathologists to ‘take a look at his inside organs and completely different points,’ he acknowledged.

The Kenya Human Rights Charge acknowledged it was ‘concerned with the shocking data of the untimely dying’ and urged a swift and conclusive investigation.


The charges in opposition to Ruto and others, along with earlier President Uhuru Kenyatta, had been dropped in 2016 when the case fell apart amid allegations of witness interference. Ruto denied the allegations in opposition to him. The courtroom docket’s willpower to drop the case specified that it did ‘not embrace new prosecution in the end.’

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

ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah acknowledged he could not contact upon Gicheru’s case nonetheless solely on the method to be adopted: ‘If there’s particulars in regards to the dying of an accused, a affirmation of this knowledge should be submitted to the (trial) chamber after which the chamber factors a alternative ending the case.’

Judges are at current considering their verdicts throughout the case. No date had been set for a listening to to ship the judgment.


Associated Press writer Mike Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed.

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