Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru’s case at ICC set to commence February 2022

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has set the commencement date for the trial of Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru.

According to communication released by the ICC Thursday evening, the trial will open on 15 February 2022.

“This date was set by the Chamber after it held a Status Conference on 24 September 2021 on this matter and noted the respective submissions by the Prosecution and the Defence, as well as the necessary time for the disclosure of evidence and other materials.” The communication read

Gicheru is at the ICC facing charges of offences against the administration of justice. The court in July this year found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Gicheru committed, as a co-perpetrator, or under alternative modes of liability, offences against the administration of justice between April 2013 and the closure of the cases against Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang.

According to the Hague-based court, the offences were allegedly committed in the furtherance of a common plan implemented by a group of persons including Gicheru, with the ultimate goal of undermining the Prosecution’s case in the Ruto and Sang case.

“Specifically, with relation to eight witnesses, Mr Gicheru and other members of the common plan allegedly identified, located, and contacted the witnesses, offered and/or paid them financial or other benefits, and/or threatened or intimidated them, in order to induce them to withdraw as Prosecution witnesses, refuse to or cease cooperating with the Prosecution and/or the Court, and/or to recant the evidence which they had provided to the Prosecution.” The court said has it confirmed charges against Gicheru.

Gicheru surrendered himself to the authorities of The Netherlands on 2 November 2020 and was surrendered to ICC custody on 3 November 2020. This followed arrest warrants that had been issued against him and another Kenyan – Philip Kipkoech Bett in 2015, over their participation in the said offences consisting of corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court in Kenya.

  

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