Thursday, November 30, 2023

ICC suspect lawyer Paul Gicheru found dead at Karen

Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who submitted himself to the International Criminal Court has been found dead.

Gicheru was found dead at his home i  Karen over what was termed as poisoning on Monday evening.

“He (Paul Gicheru) had late lunch and felt unwell and went to bed but he did not wake up,” police said.

Police added that he was found unresponsive at about 7 pm but did not know the cause of death.

“His son too collapsed and was taken to Karen hospital in stable condition,” the police added.

According to the ICC, The warrant of arrest was issued under seal against Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett on 10 March 2015 and unsealed on 10 September 2015 for offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses regarding cases from the situation in Kenya.

On 2 November 2020, Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to this arrest warrant for offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court.

On 3 November 2020, Paul Gicheru was surrendered to the ICC custody after the completion of the necessary national proceedings.  The first appearance of Paul Gicheru before the Court took place on 6 November 2020.

On 11 December 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber A severed the cases against Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett. On 1 February 2021, Paul Gicheru was released to Kenya with specific conditions restricting liberty, during the confirmation of charges proceedings.

On 15 July 2021, ICC Pre-Trial Chamber A confirmed the charges of offences against the administration of justice brought by the Prosecutor against Paul Gicheru and committed him to trial.

On 15 February 2022, the trial opened before Trial Chamber III. The accused plead not-guilty to the all charges. The prosecution then presented its opening statements and called its first witness. 8 witnesses have testified for the prosecution, the last one finished testifying on 24 March 2022.

The Office of the Prosecutor completed its presentation of evidence on 29 March 2022. The Defence announced on 25 April 2022 that it will not call any witnesses.

The closing statements in this case took place on 27 June 2022.

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