ICC Suspect Lawyer Paul Gicheru Dies in Karen Home

  • Lawyer Paul Gicheru when he appeared before the ICC via video-link from the ICC Detention Centre on November 6, 2020
    Paul Gicheru when he appeared before the ICC via video-link from the ICC Detention Centre on November 6, 2020
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  • Key International Criminal Court (ICC) suspect, lawyer Paul Gicheru, was found dead at his Karen, Nairobi home on Monday, September 26. 

    Reports alleged that Gicheru's lifeless body was discovered hours after he went to sleep, complaining that he was unwell. 

    Police confirmed his death, but were cagey on ascertaining the cause of his death. A report filed at Karen Police Station claimed that he was found releasing foam from his mouth, raising suspicions about his death.  

    Gicheru, who is facing witness interference charges at the ICC, was said to have headed to bed immediately after eating lunch and his family was alarmed that he was yet to wake up at dusk. 

    Lawyer Paul Gicheru at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands
    Lawyer Paul Gicheru at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands
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    His son, who was also said to be a victim of the incident was rushed to a hospital in Nairobi for first aid. Reports alleged that doctors were monitoring his situation. 

    A preliminary report is set to be released, with investigations commencing immediately after police were notified of his demise.

    The family is yet to issue a statement but sources closer to his kin claim that a representative will address the media on Tuesday, September 27. 

    Gicheru's death comes nearly two months after Christopher Koech, a key witness in the ICC case died under unclear circumstances.

    The Kakhunga Primary School teacher allegedly disappeared after driving to the school based in Mumias, Kakamega, on Sunday, July 16.

    His lifeless body was found lying next to his motorbike in Shibuli market in the county. 

    He was reportedly sweating profusely with foam forming in his mouth too. The teacher passed away days before flying to the Hague to testify in lawyer Paul Gicheru’s ICC case.

    Meanwhile, Gicheru surrendered to the ICC in November 2020 after he was wanted for witness tampering in cases against William Ruto, Kenya's current President, and former journalist Joshua Sang. The trial against the duo was terminated in April 2016 for lack of concrete evidence.

    Witnesses in the case against Gicheru claimed that they were approached to stop supporting the ICC case against DP Ruto, with a lawyer, key in the interference.

    Entrance to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague
    Entrance to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague
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    "There is one who is superior, and I wasn't told who that is. I was told it is not necessary to know that much. You will be sorted out here," the trial lawyer read the witness's statement in court after the case was opened in February 2022. 

    Gicheru pleaded not guilty to the case. In April 2022, his lawyers stated that they would not present any evidence against the charges fronted. Two days later, the trial judge, Maria Samba, also rejected the prosecution's application to add more evidence against the deceased. 

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