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Wanted Kenyan surrenders to ICC

A Kenyan lawyer has surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) five years after it issued a warrant for his arrest.

The court had charged Paul Gicheru and two others with obstructing the course of justice, accusing them of interfering with the prosecutors’ witnesses in the case against alleged organisers and funders of post-election violence in 2007

More than 1,000 people were killed, 900 acts of rape and sexual violence were documented, and approximately 350,000 people were displaced, Kenyan news site The Star reports.

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The ICC accuses Mr Gicheru and others of operating a scheme to approach witnesses, corrupt them, and get them to withdraw from the cases. The ICC on its official Website wrote:

Situation in Kenya: Paul Gicheru surrenders for allegedly corruptly influencing ICC witnesses

Today, 2 November 2020, Mr Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”). Mr Gicheru, a lawyer formerly based in Kenya, is suspected of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court.

The Court, through the Registry services, submitted a cooperation request to the Dutch authorities for the arrest and surrender of Mr Gicheru to the Court upon completion of the necessary national arrest proceedings.

Background: The arrest warrant against Mr Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett was issued under seal on 10 March 2015 and unsealed on 10 September 2015. Philip Kipkoech Bett is not in ICC custody.

For further information on this case, check here

Mr Gicheru has not commented.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were among six people indicted by the ICC for their role in the violence.

After years in court the ICC prosecutor dropped the cases against Mr Kenyatta in 2015, and Mr Ruto a year later, blaming witness interference.

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